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Oil and gas inspections with paperless solutions

The oil and gas industry remains one of the largest, most important and lucrative of…

Transforming fire safety

Fire safety is a major concern. We’re living in a world that has been shaken…

A wood pallet (left) sits next to a “nestable” plastic pallet. Idle nestable pallets can be stacked on top of one another to save space.
Cellulose or plastic? It’s not just about shopping bags

The vast product arrays that move through modern storage warehouses provide a constant challenge to…

The straight-forward, practical tools developed through this research will be of great benefit to emergency service agencies.
Teamwork when the heat is on

Individuals working in emergency management teams often face incredible pressure, which can have a really…

Great communication begins with connection

When disaster strikes, law enforcement and disaster-relief agencies rely on the ability to access shared…

Presenting the evidence

What do you do when notified that you are required to give evidence in court,…

Fighting back on heat stress

Heat stress is especially life-threatening for firefighters and remains the number-one cause of firefighter casualties.…

Cladding replacement should be prioritised on a risk basis.
NFPA façade risk assessment research presented at Fire Australia 2018

Developed by the NFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation, the new Exterior Facade Fire Evaluation Comparison…

Pyroplex® CE Marked Pipe Wraps–200 Series.
Why passive fire protection is key to the construction plan

With continued growth of high-rise and commercial construction across the Asia Pacific region, understanding the…

The HRET demonstrating articulated flexibility when reaching over obstacles.
High Reach Extendable Turrets (HRET) – Beyond airports

The high reach extendable turret or HRET as known in the firefighting industry greatly enhances…

Trust in PPE

With a host of firefighting PPE available on the international market, varying in cost and…

Looking at a building destroyed during the Black Saturday bushfires.
Learning lessons from research insights: Black Saturday

The 2009 Black Saturday bushfires made history as one of Australia’s deadliest and costliest peacetime…

Fike fast acting isolation valves.
Dust explosion mitigation methods

The danger of an explosion is ever-present in industrial processes that handle combustible dust. While…

Well populated Hawaii’s diamond beach.
The Hawaii nuclear alert: how did people respond?

Nuclear tensions between the United States and North Korea have been extensively reported as both…

Participants during bushfire investigation training.
A history of the Australasian Association of Fire Investigators Conferences

Back in 2007 the New South Wales Association of Fire Investigators held a Conference where…

Smoke zones are required in Australian hospitals under the BCA.
Evacuation of vulnerable persons by lifts

We have an ageing population, greater levels of obesity and a growing awareness of the challenges of people with disabilities. This has the potential to increase the number of vulnerable people in health and aged care buildings who need to protected, moved or evacuated in the event of a fire or other emergencies.

In the context of this article, a vulnerable person is considered to be someone who is incapable of moving away from a fire or smoke or evacuating without some form of assistance from others. This vulnerability may be due to age (e.g. the very young or very old), a temporary disability (e.g. patients in ICU or in a surgery or recovery ward in a hospital) or due to a permanent disability of either a physical or cognitive nature. Hospitals and aged care facilities are two forms of building that have a significant proportion of such persons, although vulnerable persons may be present in other residential buildings or work places.

Figure 1 – Fire in a gas bus conducted as part of a reconstruction for the Swedish Accident Investigation Board
New risks for vehicles with alternative fuels

Fires in vehicles that are powered by alternative fuels when they are in underground facilities,…

A satellite image from the 2003 Canberra bushfires. Satellite imagery can provide overview insights into plume development, especially if Himawari-8 is used.
Predicting fire thunderstorms

Global monitoring of the atmosphere began in 1978. For most of this era, however, bushfires…

Densely packed cannabis plants in a grow room.
Growing pains: Code enforcement challenges with cannabis cultivation

As fire professionals, it is important to understand the hazards associated with new and rapidly…

Figure 2 Fire tests demonstrating fire risk in Class E warehouses.
Closing the gap for warehouse protection in China

China’s economy has enjoyed fast growth over the past decades, which attracts more and more…

“Alternative water supply resources” – In this photo provided by US Fire Pump you’ll see a high volume industrial pumper being supplied by their ERADS (Emergency Response Aquatic Deployment System) in a situation where the water source is not accessible by the larger, heavier vehicle. This system allows for a high volume water supply to continuously feed apparatus allowing for better placement and less hassle of trying to draft.
LNG and LPG Fires – The importance of selecting the right equipment!

Fighting LNG and LPG fires is not a simple task. Completely extinguishing these fires could…

Risks in managing crowds: new handbook to help guide industry.
Development of handbook on crowd management underway

There is a huge number of issues associated with managing crowds, and as with many…

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