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Fire protection – the good news

When I was in the fire brigade, a  senior officer, the current editor whom I’m…

STARS in our eyes

It’s a long journey to develop a roadmap for the future, but FPA Australia is…

Skills are the key to a sustainable future

The fire protection sector is going to need a steady supply of skilled workers to…

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Are we technology dependent?

There is a lot to be said about the technology being developed in this gadget…

Embracing the change

In any organisation, change is inevitable. Sometimes it’s gradual, sometimes rapid, but all entities evolve…

Firefighters should pat themselves on the back

We all know the role of a firefighter is to protect members of the community…

The silent statistics

Two recent incidents have brought renewed attention to home fire safety. In Macksville, a town…

Data is king, I’m told. But only if you do something with it, I reply.

I just stepped away from looking at Sentinel hot spot, a service run by Geoscience…

Representative politics

As governments push for greater reform, the fire protection industry needs to engage more closely…

Are we destroying our ability to be professional?

When I was a young firefighter back in the 1970s there was only one means…

Insights we gained from Fire Australia 2021

After a brief hiatus due to the year that was, Fire Australia 2021 came back…

Essential basic reading for all those involved in fire and disaster prevention.
When will we ever learn?

For those not old enough to remember the Peter, Paul and Mary hit ‘Where have…

Developing and diversifying the fire protection industry

The fire protection sector needs to encourage more young people, particularly women, into the industry…

We need face-to-face conferences and exhibitions to grow

Did you hear that? It was the applause given to me by 40 zoom attendees…

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Residential sprinklers are the new standard

Australia’s population is growing, adding around 400,000 people per year to our suburbs and towns.…

COVID -19: do we have to reinvent the wheel?
It has now been nine months since we first heard the word coronavirus, before it…
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The opportunity of reform
Industry involvement in fire-safety reforms will undoubtedly deliver better results for all. Fire-sector reform is…
What does it take to change?

With all that is going on in this COVID-19 world – mass unemployment, community lockdown,…

Regular maintenance and testing is not about complying with government requirements – it’s about avoiding this.
Fire safety should be about value, not compliance

Recently, a fire-safety assessor reported that he had come to an impasse. A building under…

Are inquiries the way to learn after attending a significant fire?

Do you learn from your experiences at a fire, or are there many important issues…

Taking hold of fire protection’s future

On 6 April, fire-safety assessment changed. From that date, any practitioner who assesses and endorses…

Unsung heroes during large disasters

We read continually about the firefighters, rescuers and civil defence people doing outstanding things on…

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