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Loading a “Kress” coal hauler at the North American Coal Corporation, “Feedom Mine”, located near Beulah, ND. The mine supplies Antelope Valley and Leland Olds Power stations, as well as the Great Plains Synfuels Plant.
Emergency response to coal and energy production incidents in Victoria

Fire and emergencies in coal mines, handling and power generation facilities as proven with the…

Reviewing plans with A/Supt Brian Curley (Vicpol).
Terrorism: The changing risk environment for firefighters

Emergency Management organisations are faced with a changing risk environment, an environment that will continue…

Inert gas systems, like Fike’s ProInert system, provide the greatest degree of design flexibility.
Choosing the right clean agent for your fire hazard

Sprinkler systems are the most widely used form of fire suppression in the world. Their…

Unknown hazards are of great concern for firefighters.
Model behaviour

A simple way of minimising firefighters’ exposure to hazardous chemicals on the job, after the…

Stop cancer at the door!

International studies have shown that firefighters have a significantly higher risk of developing cancer in…

Graph indicating the dramatic rise in building heights over the last 45 years.
Grenfell: the perfect formula for tragedy

Within 51 days, the world witnessed three unfortunate events in cities separated by thousands of…

Advanced’s MxPro 5 multiprotocol panel.
The ultimate challenge – using the latest fire systems to protect remote sites

Intermittent power, a 12-hour round trip to site – if the ferry’s working that is…

The politics of crisis management.
Understanding the drivers for successful disaster response across government

Australia similar to many countries in the Asia-Pacific experiences a regular cycle of natural disaster…

Gel drop test run.
Gels up in the air

So what’s the attraction with gels or, water enhancers, in Australia? Gels have been used…

Firefighter’s, Jason Schnepf, Jack Burns, Matt Hitchen, Justain café.
Is your fire service prepared? Firefighter cardiac arrest – Part 2

As discussed in part one there is a high physiological risk associated with firefighting and…

The most significant natural hazard emergency management issues Australia faces have been developed to guide research over the next decade.
Priorities to guide hazards research

The most significant natural hazard emergency management issues Australia faces have been drawn up by…

Engaging with the community.
Tsunami risk in Australia: Facilitating community understanding

According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the Australian coastline faces some 8,000km of tectonic…

SSO Wong had opportunity to be involved with a demonstration of FARS at the Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Centre (GRPSTC), in Arizona. This demonstration was hosted live online by Fire Engineering’s Bobby Halton via a “Humpday Hangout” on 18 January 2017. In this picture, firefighters are demonstrating the process of an emergency air refill, to top up their cylinders to eliminate the chance of running out of air to allow for the safe exit out of an irrespirable atmosphere. You can see this FARS demonstration and discussion at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BNNLLUj_zw
Air systems for emergency responders

The protection and preservation of life is paramount; this includes the safety of emergency services…

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Offroad Trucks Australia – Fire and emergency tender destined to stir the present field

Offroad Trucks Australia, the WA-based national distributor of Tatra trucks, has signalled a move outside…

STORM and MUST Team rescued Singapore student victims at KM 6.0.
Earthquake SAR operation in Mount Kinabalu, Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia

Natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and forest fires are among the tragedies that often…

AS 1170.4, Structural design actions – Earthquake actions in Australia, helps protect buildings from the devastating effects of earthquakes.
Construction in bushfire prone areas

Bushfires are common in Australia due to our hot and dry climate, making the bushfire…

Flooded goods from home in Lismore, New South Wales 2017.
Disaster risk management: Australian challenges

Australia is exposed to a variety of natural and technological disaster risks, which vary in…

Firefighter PPE must be ergonomic and comfortable, as well as protective.
Fit for action

When designing PPE for firefighters, providing protection against the dangers of fire is of course…

A machine learning model of tropical cyclone wind risk

Extreme winds from tropical cyclones (TCs) regularly threaten communities worldwide. In recent decades significant efforts…

Condensed aerosol should not impinge on areas with personnel under Australian standards.
Thai Pyrogen deaths a grim reminder

The tragic deaths of eight people following the accidental triggering of a Pyrogen extinguishing system…

Boosters come in all shapes and sizes.
Making firefighting and fire protection work together

We spend billions of dollars on fire safety in buildings, sprinklers, fire alarms and fire…

MICC cable installation.
Electrical circuits supporting life safety and fire fighting equipment

Unlike other cables, fire resistant cables have to work even when directly exposed to fire…

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