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FTS Portable Automated Weather Station deployed in Whyte River.
The importance of a dedicated fire weather network – Part 1

Every year a vast majority of 30–46 million km2 of the global land surface burn…

Visually the fire looks as though it has been put out, but tree stumps and branches can remain alight on the inside for up to a month and this heat can only be seen with the IR camera.
Infrared cameras for firefighters

Fire is a very hostile atmosphere for most people, including firefighters. When you have smoke…

Life gets back to normal.
Responses to the Lombok Earthquake, 2018 – Rapid assessment study

The recent earthquake that occurred in Lombok in August, 2018, presented an opportunity to study…

Yeppoon Category 5, $6.4 mil state of the art regional Local Disaster Coordination Centre opened in May 2018.
The next generation of emergency managers – what will they look like?

The shape of emergency management has changed significantly over the past two decades. However, have…

Hong Kong – Macau bridge/tunnel.
Thermal linings provide safety to massive concrete structure

This iconic tunnel has been designed to provide enhanced levels of life safety for the…

Community First Responders play an integral role in improving survival rates for cardiac arrest victims. SCDF’s myResponder app is a game-changer in harnessing bystander intervention via geo-location technology on mobile phones and has helped bystanders save twelve lives till date.
Transforming fire and rescue response through innovation

In today’s ever-evolving operating landscape, the life-saving community must stay future-ready to better respond to…

Threatening bushfires are known to take over the nation’s bushfire capital at a dangerous pace.
State-of-the-art tool revolutionizes bushfire community preparedness

In January 2003 the most severe bushfires currently known on record ravaged Australia’s capital city,…

Fire is the second leading cause of accidents in wind turbines.
The importance of fire suppression in wind turbines

Wind power is an exciting emerging sector that needs those of us involved in fire…

Coulson’s Sikorsky S61N Helicopter undertaking the first ever hover fill at night in Australia.
Night fire suppression operations trial – Emergency Management Victoria

Night firebombing has the potential to significantly improve Australia’s aerial firefighting capability in support of…

The issue of combustible cladding has shone a light on the need for national consistency in NCC implementation.
Uniting Australia on building compliance

In 2018, Australia’s regulatory mechanisms for building control and compliance remain fragmented by the federated…

[de]contaminate!

Firefighters suffer more from certain serious diseases than other professions, and in our modern world,…

Fuel shedding fluorinated foam agents are critical when attacking major oil storage tank fires like this 82m diameter gasoline tank, which burnt for 12 hours while the foam attack was being co-ordinated. Using AR-AFFFs this massive fire was quickly controlled and fully extinguished in just 65minutes from the start of the foam attack, minimising firewater runoff issues into the environment, and saving over 25million litres of valuable gasoline.
How could two states come to contrary conclusions over PFAS?

2017 saw South Australia propose a limited ban on PFOS and PFOA based firefighting foams.…

Engineering services are already utilised.
Increasing emergency management capacity through the business sector

Current research funded through the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre is exploring planning…

AS 3745:2010, Planning for emergencies amended 2018.
Standards hot off the press

Responding to fires is always a heated debate among industry experts, but there is little…

Honourable Minister of Housing & Local Government Malaysia Zuraida binti Kamaruddin, Secretary General of Housing and Local Government, Dato Sri Hj. Mohmmad Bin Mentek, Director General Mohammad Hamdan Wahid, other Government Officials and Senior Officers of the Fire & Rescue Department following the Rank Marking Coronation Ceremony.
Fire & Rescue Department of Malaysia Director General

The Fire & Rescue Department of Malaysia appointed the Director General Mohammad Hamdan Wahid with…

Wildfire training scenario (FLAIM Trainer).
Why should the fire service use virtual reality for training?

Fire services now have the opportunity to embrace virtual reality (VR) to transform how firefighters…

New residential sprinkler designs were tested in a joint project by FRNSW, FPA Australia, AFAC and CSIRO.
NCC 2019 draft includes Association proposals

The new National Construction Code draft includes several important changes to fire safety, including residential…

Welfare checks should allow you to set regular check ins throughout your day.
How innovative technology can lead to significant gains in lone worker safety

In a recent case in New Zealand involving the death of a lone machinery operator…

The Integrated design of the “ET” series from Rosenbauer offers a balance of Quality, Performance and Reliability.
Design and integrate globally, assemble locally

For people in the industry we see it all too often, the dreaded engineering specification…

Damaged Grumman Tracker.
Fire protection system security

In todays uncertain times, the issue of security of vital infrastructure like power stations, oil…

PPE being professionally cleaned at Total Safety in Spain.
Keeping it clean

The provision of cleaning and maintenance services for firefighter PPE varies greatly around the world.…

Dr Marta Yebra and Dr Adam Leavesley discuss the plans for a prescribed burn in the ACT.
Satellites to help show when the bush is ready to burn

Soil dryness and flammable vegetation are two of the primary factors affecting the severity of…

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