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Leadership Putting the Pieces Together.
The leadership puzzle, unraveling crisis leadership

In a previous article for Asia Pacific Fire, I commented on the need for post-event…

A fire experiment in a building with a high roof showed that smoke would take considerable time to drop below 2 m therefore it is not recommended to rely on exposure conditions to determine the tenability conditions in buildings with high roofs(ceilings).
Calculating tenability conditions when smoke drops below 2m

While it is always recommended to design fire safety systems to maintain the smoke layer…

Honeywell fire alarm systems.
Modern technology will further improve fire safety around the world

On March 25, Russia experienced its deadliest blaze in nearly a decade, killing 64 people…

Elwood apartments in Melbourne utilised non-combustible solid aluminium DecoClad for external cladding and ceiling applications.
Fire-safe cladding: building a culture of compliance

The tragic Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017 was a harsh awakening for the building…

Columbia Model CH-47D Chinook dropping retardant at the Rice Ridge Fire, Seeley Lake, in Montana, in 2017.
A day in the life of a Columbia Helicopters’ firefighting pilot

Columbia Helicopters, Inc., (Columbia) based in Aurora, Oregon, USA, has been fighting wildfires for 51…

Critical coordination during fire response.
Beyond the politics and blame: Evaluating crisis responses

Crisis events are high consequence and hold significant stakes for all involved. For residents and…

An interviewee shows a researcher the impact the bushfire had on his property.
Research gives insight into community bushfire response in Australia

New South Wales, Australia faced some of the worst bushfire conditions ever forecast for the state in January and February 2017, including Catastrophic fire danger ratings (Australia’s highest danger level for fire) for many communities. During this time, a number of large and damaging fires occurred, but fortunately no human lives were lost during the worst of the conditions.

Firefighters have to carry about 40kg of equipment and by putting on Auberon, the physical strain is alleviated.
Singapore’s first pneumatic powered exoskeleton tailored for firefighters

TRIGEN Automotive, a leading Singapore manufacturer of special function vehicles and robotics solutions for emergency…

Tokyo Fire Department firefighters demonstrated their aerial ladder capabilities with precision.
Identifying fire and life safety improvements for the vertical world

As our population in Australia and around the world continues to grow, so do our…

Oil and gas inspections with paperless solutions

The oil and gas industry remains one of the largest, most important and lucrative of…

Transforming fire safety

Fire safety is a major concern. We’re living in a world that has been shaken…

A wood pallet (left) sits next to a “nestable” plastic pallet. Idle nestable pallets can be stacked on top of one another to save space.
Cellulose or plastic? It’s not just about shopping bags

The vast product arrays that move through modern storage warehouses provide a constant challenge to…

The straight-forward, practical tools developed through this research will be of great benefit to emergency service agencies.
Teamwork when the heat is on

Individuals working in emergency management teams often face incredible pressure, which can have a really…

Great communication begins with connection

When disaster strikes, law enforcement and disaster-relief agencies rely on the ability to access shared…

Presenting the evidence

What do you do when notified that you are required to give evidence in court,…

Fighting back on heat stress

Heat stress is especially life-threatening for firefighters and remains the number-one cause of firefighter casualties.…

Cladding replacement should be prioritised on a risk basis.
NFPA façade risk assessment research presented at Fire Australia 2018

Developed by the NFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation, the new Exterior Facade Fire Evaluation Comparison…

Pyroplex® CE Marked Pipe Wraps–200 Series.
Why passive fire protection is key to the construction plan

With continued growth of high-rise and commercial construction across the Asia Pacific region, understanding the…

The HRET demonstrating articulated flexibility when reaching over obstacles.
High Reach Extendable Turrets (HRET) – Beyond airports

The high reach extendable turret or HRET as known in the firefighting industry greatly enhances…

Trust in PPE

With a host of firefighting PPE available on the international market, varying in cost and…

Looking at a building destroyed during the Black Saturday bushfires.
Learning lessons from research insights: Black Saturday

The 2009 Black Saturday bushfires made history as one of Australia’s deadliest and costliest peacetime…

Fike fast acting isolation valves.
Dust explosion mitigation methods

The danger of an explosion is ever-present in industrial processes that handle combustible dust. While…

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