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“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…

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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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Taking Photos on an Australian Fire Ground

Firefighters are called to deal with fires and accidents. To the firefighters these may be…

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A Common Operating Picture for Fire Response

Keeping citizens and properties safe – the call of every fire and rescue organisation. The…

Domed External Floating Roof Tank next to Vertical Low Pressure Tank.
Petroleum Storage Tank Facilities – Part 1

In today’s fire service we tend to focus our pre-planning and training for the “bread…

Improving Safety and Performance on the Fireground

Command during a disaster is a complicated and stressful time, the more we learn about…

Pedestrian Modelling in a Fire Environment

As in many parts of the world, Australia has a two-prong approach to the fire…

There is no universal ‘right’ level of prescribed fire because there are too many competing objectives.
To Burn or Not to Burn?

Australia has a long and continuing history of burning in its forests to reduce fuels…

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Standards Australia – Playing Our Part in Fire Safety

When we think about fire safety, and the fact that so much of our time…

Understanding the Basics of RoIP and VoIP

By better understanding the terminology & considerations involved, organizations can ensure the IP network meets…

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New Zealand USAR advances their Technology Capability

Urban search and rescue was created by a small group of enthusiastic people who had…

Product Compliance – the Confronting Reality

In November 2014 a fire raced up the side of a multi-storey apartment building in…

Neil Bibby talks with… Dr Peter Meikle, Xtralis Pty Ltd

I sat down for a pleasant chat with Peter Meikle about where we have come…

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A Century of Natural Disasters – What are the Costs?

Australian folklore from the last two centuries is full of tales of natural disasters. But…

Hainsworth the Innovator Meets Needs of Firefighters

Hainsworth has been working closely with firefighters for more than 150 years. The company dates…

Voice Communications, without Limitations

Historically accepted limitations of where a firefighter can and cannot communicate are being challenged through…

Mine Rescue Competition, Testing Rescue Crews

From humble beginnings 20 years ago, the Victorian Mine Rescue Competition has emerged as a…

PPE/PPC – The Last Line of Defence – Part 2

In my last article in this series of Last Line Of Defence, I wrote about…

The Role of Standards in Fire Risk Management
The Role of Standards in Fire Risk Management

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

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Building in Bushfire Prone Areas, Considerations for Construction

Australians have a fundamental connection to the bush. Much of our cultural folklore surrounds Australia’s…

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