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Risk to our Cities from Catastrophic Volcanic Eruption

The small but persistent eruption of Raung Volcano, Java, had severe economic consequences throughout July…

What does your Structural Firefighting Gear Protect you Against?

To get the best protection out of your Personal Protective Clothing (PPC), you must first…

Taking the Heat Out of Ship Fires

On-board a commercial ship, fire can swiftly lead to catastrophic consequences for the lives aboard,…

What if a Large Earthquake Hit?

Earthquakes pose a major risk across Asia and recent events have demonstrated their power to…

The Art of Applied Fireproofing

Electrical power is important part of our day-to-day life that’s sometime taken for granted. Almost…

Aspects of Foam Need Careful Consideration – Part 1

There is much discussion about which options are best for future decision-making for Class B…

10 Tanker Air Carrier

Buying several DC-10 passenger aircraft and converting them to aerial fire fighting jets is not…

The map centric (shared map) user interface of Burnology | Unite. Any user logged into the system can add to/change this map with these changes visible to all users in real time. This enables the spatial collaboration between geographically separated teams and individuals.
Are Field Based Incident Management Systems the Death of Radio?

Combating emergency incidents requires extensive information transfer and collaboration between office based incident managers and…

The Bullard Eclipse® LDX Thermal Imager offers the newest state-of-the-art infrared engine technology with the highest image quality and performance for the fire service. Image courtesy of Bullard.
Thermal Imagers – Seeing through the Smoke

There is little doubt that thermal imagers (TIs) save lives. Lifting the veil of thick…

Emergency Operations Center at the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Centre (AHA Centre) displaying the Disaster Monitoring and Response System (DMRS), which is based on PDC’s DisasterAWARE platform designed to support early warning, multi hazard monitoring, and decision support.
Applying Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction

For nearly 20 years, Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) has envisioned and helped to foster a…

Rubble blocks a Christchurch street. Image courtesy of John McCombe, New Zealand Fire Service.
Risk Reduction Gulf: The two sides of Earthquake Disasters

With the tragedy that played out after Nepal’s earthquakes this year, there were stories of…

ADPC helps communities in Asia to better prepare for future disasters and effectively respond when a disaster strikes. Image courtesy of Asian Disaster Preparedness Center.
The story of ADPC: Holding a mirror to disaster risk reduction in Asia

When we think of climate change today, inevitably we draw linkages to global warming. Over…

Old hard-hat type helmets are being used for Bushfire fighting, when AS/NZS 1801 Type 3 specification helmets have been available for 20 years. Image courtesy of Pacific Helmets.
Not all PPE is born equal!

In the world of PPE for structural and bushland firefighting, I am not yet aware…

Investing In Your Protection and Protecting Your Investment

The importance of correct purchasing considerations and the associated dynamics for firefighters Personal Protective Equipment/Personal…

Standards Australia with 2015 Standards Awards winners: Chairman Richard Brooks, Chief Executive Officer Dr Bronwyn Evans, Robyn Williams, Enzo Alfonsetti, Dr Anthony Kachenko, Petra Hansen and Russell Shephard. Image courtesy of Standards Australia.
Developing standards in the Asia-Pacific region

Standards Australia is the independent and not-for-profit developer of internationally-aligned Australian Standards. In this column,…

Making the touchscreen a panel in its own right makes ease of installation a critical issue. Image courtesy of Advanced.
Should the Fire Industry Compromise on Touchscreen Technology?

The fire industry has experimented with touchscreens for a number of years, mainly adding small,…

The ODIS EYE360, St Kilda, Melbourne Australia. The fully integrated solid-state unit can be solar powered and utilises existing wireless communications. Image courtesy of ODIS Technologies.
Finding Situation Awareness

“The perception of elements in the environment within a volume of time and space, the…

Image courtesy of Exova Warringtonfire Aus Pty Ltd.
Certification Education Day at Exova Testing Laboratories

It is not often that the fire protection industry has a day like the one…

“Information alone saves lives, but there are gaps in the way we gather and share this valuable resource.” World Disaster Report, IFRC, 2005. Image courtesy of Crisis Ready.
Imagine a Place Where Every Disaster Scenario Really Happens… Krizo

Life is hard on Krizo. The small Pacific island has seen it all: tsunamis, cyclones,…

The High pressure area created by the fire is exhausted through windows where there is no chance of victim survival to the lower atmospheric pressure. Image courtesy of Tempest.
Positive Pressure Attack – The Rules of Engagement

Early in our careers we are taught that our fire attack should be done in…

The Importance of Listing Sprinkler Equipment

The hanging and bracing of a sprinkler system is a key consideration in every sprinkler…

Image courtesy of Mark L. Gribble
PPE/PPC – the Last Line of Defence – Part 1

One of the most important safety tools that a firefighter brings to an emergency incident…

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