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The harsh environment of the mining industry creates additional fire risks through wear and damage to machinery.
Mitigating vehicle fires is key to preventing a life-threatening domino effect on mine sites

The prevalence of fire-related incidents in Australian mines means it is high time we take…

A bushfire raging at the North Black Range in NSW, December 2019.
Lessons from Black Summer: how people experienced the 2019/20 NSW fire season

More than 1,200 people shared their experiences of the worst fire season in New South…

Figure 5. Using another detector to cover the area of risk.
Flame detector selection: Part 2 – detection technologies

Part One of our flame detection guide provided some pointers for the selection of flame…

Fig. 3: Water motor with proportioning pump.
Use of foam for firefighting in tank farms of the oil and petrochemical industry – Part 2

Part One of this article described the typical incident scenarios at tank farm fires and…

The TIC can be used to assess the extent of a hot spot once opened up with hand tools.
Selecting and using a thermal imaging camera for wildfire – Part 2

A thermal imaging camera (TIC) like any other item of firefighting equipment has limitations. This…

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.
MSA Bristol to the rescue

This feature looks at the changing role of firefighters and how fire and rescue services…

Standards Australia committee, FP-009, Fire Hydrant Installations, has developed a revision to AS 2419.1, Fire hydrant installations, Part 1: System design, installation and commissioning. Standards Australia committee, FP-009, Fire Hydrant Installations, is set to publish a revision to AS 2419.1, Fire hydrant installations, Part 1: System design, installation and commissioning.
Standards to support fire safety

I stepped into the Engagement Manager role in April. I’m excited to be working with…

Testing to prescribed Standards and the data obtained helps inform certification decisions.
Testing times and the shift to product certification

The Fire Australia Conference and Tradeshow was held recently in Sydney. It was great to…

Figure 1: The items first ignited and associated percentage of cases.
Recommendations to reduce fire fatalities

From the previous phase of this work a number of recommendations were made to reduce…

The fire had devastating consequences, claiming the house and three vehicles.
Uncovering the cause: Fire Forensics investigates Australian house fires

Our team at Fire Forensics are leading experts in fire and explosion investigation in Australia…

Drones need data being harnessed and shared to live up to their firefighting potential.
Bushfire-fighting future state – how do we get to artificial intelligence, data and cloud?

In 1955, General Electric invented GERT. GERT was a computer and at the time the…

Illuminating smoke conditions and the fireground.
Illuminating the scene

One of the easiest tasks to overlook at emergency incidents is providing adequate scene lighting.…

Fire engulfed firefighters as they defended properties in Mangrove Mountain, NSW, in December 2019.
Fire safety engineering approaches to bushfire evacuation
Since the Black Saturday fires in Victoria, Australian emergency officials have emphasised evacuation planning and…
Sprinkler systems can limit property damage and protect life, so should always be considered as part of the fire safety systems in a building’s design.
What you need to know about automatic fire sprinkler systems

In the event of a fire in a building, active fire suppression systems can have…

Rio Tinto Emergency Response Team donning PPE.
Firefighting PPE in the mining industry

Paul Gibson, International Sales Manager for MSA Bristol, a global leader of cutting-edge firefighter protection,…

Fig 1. Would you allow these firefighters near flammable hydrocarbons, if this was an F3 blanket? Without fuel-shedding or vapour-sealing additives? (Protection here was reliable, effective fluorinated foams).
Factors to consider before any C8 firefighting foam transition

Most foam users recognise the need for transitioning away from legacy firefighting foams that break…

A network of 31 ExGo gas extinguishing panels protect the Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau Bridge.
Gas suppression control for critical and high-risk sites: what to consider

Advanced’s Regional Sales Manager for South East Asia, Tin Le Than, discusses some of the…

Examples of UV-IR and IR3 flame detectors.
Flame detector selection: Part 1 – detection technologies

This is the first of a two-part article where we provide pointers for flame detector…

Prior to Covid-19, this was a typical group for apparatus training in large gatherings. Will we ever get back to this intimate level of training? That question remains…
Training during and after the pandemic: what some feel may be the new norm

As we started 2020, the pandemic was just getting a grip on the world and…

Artist’s impression of the Strength & Conditioning and Rehabilitation Virtual Environment (STRiVE).
Transformation of the Civil Defence Academy to meet the challenges of tomorrow

As our operating environment continues to evolve, firefighting, rescue and pre-hospital emergency care have become…

Fig. 1: Tank farm fire at Deer Park, Texas, USA.
Use of foam for firefighting in tank farms of the oil and petrochemical industry – Part 1

Tank farm fires in the oil and petrochemical industry do not occur often. When they…

The Helitak FT4500 UH60/S70 Fire Tank dropping 1,100 gallons in 4.5 seconds.
Cutting-edge design puts fires out faster

You could say that flying was in Jason Schellaars blood from a very early age.…

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