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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…

Trainees undergoing Endless Ladder station as part of BAPT and are actively monitored via smartwatch.
Enhancing responders’ performance and safety through smart wearable technologies

Wearable devices such as smartwatches have become increasingly popular in recent years, given their effectiveness…

Hazard reduction burning in the Blue Mountains, May 2018.
Science shows how to best burn the bush to reduce bushfire risk

New research into the complexities of prescribed burning across varied landscapes and weather conditions is…

Orbital deployment of the Gyrochute is the long-term goal in order to arrive at any landing site within a few hours.
Wise networking

There’s an old adage that says, ‘no news is good news’. But when disaster strikes,…

Smoke from a peat fire.
Assessing peat fires for health and safety

Peatlands cover about 5% of the earth’s surface. Their total reliance on water to maintain…

A bush fire volunteer monitoring a hazard reduction burn.
Bushfire volunteers in Western Australia

At more than three and a half times the size of Texas and almost 50%…

Futuristic fire truck design concepts are moving away from the conventional ‘box’ fire truck.
Narrow wet roads, wide design options

In Singapore, the country’s civil defence force has launched a radical line of new-age fire…

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