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2020 Model Chevrolet Bolt engine bay.
Operational concerns involving electric and hybrid vehicles at vehicle-related incidents – Part 1

One of the largest concerns today dealing with vehicle-related incidents is the electrification of vehicles.…

Figure 1. White Island Volcano three days after the 9 December 2019 eruption. Image courtesy of NASA
Charges filed stemming from the White Island volcanic eruption

The 9 December 2019 White Island eruption was a steam-driven eruption, caused by the sudden…

Esteri ASL open water test.
High-performance pump moves on land, at sea and in the air

The latest innovation by Esteri Group, Finland’s most comprehensive operator in the firefighting and rescue…

Crusader layflat hose on reels ready for emergency deployment.
Fighting the Cobrico peat fire

When a bushfire tore through Cobrico in Victoria’s south-west igniting the peat bog underneath, toxic…

Figure 1: Zone classification.
Using flame detectors for zone 2 hazardous areas
In this article the fundamentals of hazardous areas are outlined and flame-detector applications, split into…
An understanding of a community’s capacity for disaster resilience can help improve the chances of adapting to future natural hazards.
The new Australian Disaster Resilience Index

Australians are always learning to live with a changing, unpredictable and uncertain environment, of which…

Natural gas powered electrical power plant turbine.
Flame detector selection: which technology to use in gas-turbine enclosures?

Which flame-detection technology should I use in a gas-turbine enclosure? This is a common question…

Tacca Plastics, Moorebank, December 2018.
Solar-panel fire risks and the opportunities to improve safety

Recently solar panels have been back in Australian headlines after the release of statistics from…

Igor Kazagrandi, Co-Founder and CEO, working on a cellular device.
Digitizing evacuations

Traditional evacuation systems require a fair amount of specialist installation, management and maintenance because they…

Chemical inspection often requires strict procedures.
Hazardous chemicals inspection and safe storage management

Hazardous chemicals inspection seems like a blatantly obvious task that is beyond improvement. Once there…

The strategic priorities include practical sustainability with policy, people, practicalities and partnerships; they are designed to put the tools of change into the hands of those who will use the outputs.
Centralizing environmental resilience in emergency agencies using the Sustainable Development Goals

In 2018 I was approached by the then NSW SES Local Commander to conduct an…

Training doesn’t stop in a war zone – firefighters practice undercarriage pinning.
Firefighting under fire – Delivering fire and rescue services during armed conflicts

It is a troubling fact that presently there are more than 25 armed conflicts, wars…

Damaged roads in the Adelaide Hills after flooding in 2016.
You wouldn’t drive into a bushfire, so why drive into floodwater?

New research is delving into why people enter floodwater and what can be done to…

Standards Australia is seeking feedback on key fire hydrant standards during its public consultation period.
Rebuilding with standards

This time last year, Australia was reeling from the ongoing bushfires, which saw communities band…

The benefits of DESMI onboard firefighting systems

In marine applications, DESMI’s FineFog™ Fixed Water-Based Firefighting systems offer a safe, low-pressure alternative. After…

Pressure rose within the crowd at the 2010 Love Parade, a free-access, electronic dance music festival and parade, where a crowd crush led to hundreds injured and over 20 dead.
Crowd source

Someday soon, crowds will once again be a defining feature of the human experience. When…

With no obvious fire brigade, and the inability to simply evaculate occupants, a unique and innovative passive fire design was adopted at the Scott Base Research Station in Antarctica.
Future-proofing Scott Base Research Station, Antarctica

High value properties, such as scientific research centres, always require careful planning to design the…

Firefighters from FRNSW in new XFlex PPE.
Fit for action

Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms, looks at the importance of high-quality, well-fitting…

Figure 1: Site example and Grade map volume.
Introduction to BS60080:2020 guidance on the placement of detection devices

One of the most challenging issues in Fire and Gas (F&G) detection is deciding: ‘How…

Crowdsourcing apps and 3D maps assisted emergency response when Mt Agung erupted in 2018.
Resilience: An evolutionary process

As the world continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19 and the ensuing economic…

Trainees experiencing flashover in Container Based Training(CBT) being exposed to the products of combustion.
Immersive learning for the fire service
In May 2015 the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and National Institute of Standards and…
Standards Australia, alongside the Australian Building Construction Board (ABCB), has launched constructiondictionary.com.au.
Fire protection and detection

Since the summer bushfires of 2020, industry has been working to understand how to help…

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