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Comparison of AFFF v Fluorine Free Foam extinguishment on same n-heptane pool fire, US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) testing, American Chemical Society, March 2016.
Might some current small-scale approval fire tests be dangerously misleading us?

We take it for granted that many small-scale approval tests use heptane as a substitute…

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service attend car fire.
In safe hands

Regulations and standards keep firefighters safe and provide reassurance that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is…

Standards Australia has partnered with the Australian Commonwealth government to make key bushfire standard accessible.
The resilience to rebuild

The year started for many Australians in an unimaginable and devastating way; the bushfire crisis…

The ability to make accurate assessments of fire incidents ensures safety of personnel.
Trusting reliable rugged solutions in times of emergency

The fire-services industry has recently evolved with the emergence of new technologies such as software…

NSW Rural Fire Service briefing on 12 November 2020 with Interstate Liaison Unit and National Resource Sharing Centre Deployment Manager in attendance.
National support to sustain local effort

Sitting in NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Headquarters and observing a vast operations centre with…

Figure 1: Fire-related fatalities in Great Britain
The causes of fire fatalities and serious fire injuries in Scotland

Fire fatalities in Great Britain have gradually been decreasing over the last three decades but…

Hangar with small aircraft.
Flame detection through the use of 3D mapping to aircraft hangars

In this first of a two-part article, William Pittman, PhD discusses the challenges posed by…

An experimental separated v-shaped fire conducted in the CSIRO Pyrotron.
Spot fires – a dynamic interaction

New research is developing the first two-dimensional fire-simulation model that can operate in faster than…

The cost-effective multifunctional first-response fire truck.
The birth of the multifunctional first-response fire truck

In the past, the main task of firefighting was to extinguish fires and rescue people.…

Requirements for the new restricted classes of registration are better aligned with industry practices.
New SA routine service registration confirms FPA Australia proposal

The South Australian Government announced changes in June 2019 to the restricted classes of plumbing…

’Ski’ Sheet.
Emergency planning for vulnerable persons with a disability

The raised awareness in Australia with buildings that have combustible cladding is the result of…

An AS ISO 9705 room burn test featuring flashover at the Warringtonfire Melbourne laboratory.
Fire hazard properties of internal wall and ceiling linings

Fire properties of building products are regulated to minimize rapid fire spread and smoke growth…

Most fatal preventable residential fires start in the living room or bedroom.
Understanding preventable residential fire fatalities

More than one residential fire-related death occurs every week in Australia – deaths that are…

Vacuum dust and wipe samples were collected from within vehicle cabins.
Chemicals in Air and Dust at Australian Fire Stations

Recently there has been an exponential increase in the number of studies focused on chemical…

Figure 2: Pyrocumulonimbus from the Sir Ivan fire (12 February 2017). The smoke plume is located between the dashed lines. The Briggs smoke-plume equations describe how the smoke-plume structure changes for various combinations of firepower, fp, and wind speed U, and also how the temperature in the plume decreases with height. Using the temperature and humidity data collected from a weather balloon or forecast model data, the height at the top of the stable barrier, Z, is determined, and the minimum warm humid “boost” θ+, necessary for fire thunderstorms to form, is calculated. This allows the plume temperature at Z to be calculated from θ+, and the corresponding firepower is found by inverting the plume temperature equation. This gives the minimum firepower required for fire thunderstorms to form in this atmospheric environment, a.k.a. the Pyrocumulonimbus Firepower Threshold (PFT). Photo: Sam Crothers NSW RFS.
Predicting fire thunderstorms

Fire thunderstorms are thunderstorms that develop in bushfire plumes. Their formation has much in common…

Humanihut recently conducted a Train the Trainer and Team Leader Course for SASES, where team members can be trained in two days. Standing behind the course members are Brad Erickson (Humanihut Chief Instructor) and Neale Sutton.
Humanihut delivers an innovative emergency accommodation solution

When there is a requirement for a rapidly deployable accommodation solution that provides comfort, scalability…

Townsville homes suffered significant flood damage.
To build or not to build? That is the question after a flood

Many will remember the computer game SimCity, an opportunity to build fictitious cities, with the…

///tonic.general.pitcher is a 3m x 3m square in Tumut, NSW Australia.
The new addressing system helping UK emergency services

Emergencies can happen anywhere, from a wildfire in a park to an incident outside one…

GEMCO’s exercise ‘Operation Over-Run’ participants.
Airport emergency exercises – lessons learnt

Conducting an ineffective airport emergency exercise constitutes a lost opportunity and entails extensive cost, in…

A tool to understand large buildings in an emergency

For years, we’ve worked one-on-one with clients to help them gain building compliance and ensure…

Wildfire scene field demonstration by Investigator Don Kelley.
Tracking the wildfire arsonist…bloodhounds hot on the trail

Travelling to the state of West Virginia in May 2019, Richard Woods conducted a one-week…

A lightweight particulate barrier hood that offers breathability, protection and comfort.
Cancer – The current epidemic in the fire service

More firefighters have been diagnosed with cancer in the last two years, then in the…

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