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Firefighters show their skills by baking a cake

With the world in lockdown our firefighters have restricted opportunities to undertake training exercises. As…

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Standards Australia celebrates centenary year

In October 2022, Standards Australia celebrates its 100th birthday. The company’s legacy would not be…

Past presidents left to right, Glenn Talbot, Neil Bibby, Bill Lea, Barry Lee, and Peter Johnson. Image courtesy of FPA Australia
A tale of five presidents: what the past can tell us about the future of fire protection

As we forge ahead in the face of ongoing government reform initiatives, Fire Protection Association…

The Cocoanut Grove Fire broke out in 1942 in Boston, not far from NFPA headquarters. It remains the deadliest nightclub fire in US history. The tragic incident underscored building and life safety challenges and fire protection voids, and led to improvements in burn survivor care.
Confusion and catastrophes led to a time-tested consensus process

The NFPA looks back on 125 years while working to serve global stakeholders today and into…

Volvo Trucks, Mission Focused ergonomics and enhanced visibility support firefighter performance and increase situational awareness.
Sitting in the driver’s seat of a fire truck, you need all the help you can get

The one person that makes or breaks the success of a rescue and/or fire attack…

FloodMapp Co-founders Juliette Murphy and Ryan Prosser.
Groundbreaking technology delivers rapid flood forecasting in real-time

Flooding is becoming more frequent and more severe, and it is predicted to get worse.…

Working with his son Jaime A. Moncada, co-editing NFPA’s Fire Protection Handbook in Spanish.
In memoriam: Jaime Moncada-Pérez Advancing fire protection in Latin America

Jaime Moncada-Pérez passed away on 31 August 2020 in Bogotá, Colombia from complications following a…

Australian bushfire captured by SmokeD Wildfire Detector on 4 January 2020.
Artificial intelligence offers round-the-clock wildfire detection
Australian bushfires of 2019–20, Amazonian rainforest wildfire in Brazil, Camp Fire of 2018 in Paradise,…
Pharmacists are frontline healthcare professionals and should be acknowledged for their contributions during disasters.
An unassuming pair: pharmacists and disasters

A few years ago, I attended the Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management…

Commissioner Rob Rogers AFSM.
New Australian fire Commissioner, Rob Rogers AFSM

New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) has a new Commissioner following the resignation of…

GORE® PARALLON® System in action with FRNSW firefighters.
FRNSW is first to benefit from latest Gore-Tex technology

Firefighters at Fire and Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW) are the first in Australia to…

Officials acquitted of negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster

I was watching the news on NHK TV (Japan’s public broadcaster) on 11 March 2011…

1954: The AGA/Interspiro Divator on display.
Bring your own air: a brief history of breathing apparatus

When you’re asked, ‘what’s the world’s oldest profession?’ you may be forgiven for coming up…

FLIR donates 100 thermal cameras to Australian volunteer fire brigades.
FLIR donate to fight Australian forest fires

The 2019/2020 Australian bushfire season, colloquially known as the Black Summer, started in June 2019…

Protecting the Landmark Group’s global HQ in Dubai from the threat of fire is an Axis EN fire system from Advanced.
Emergency evacuations: are you prepared?

As our buildings and the way in which we put them to use become more…

Fires spotting from one location to the next made control difficult if not impossible.
2019/20: Australia’s worst fire season on record

Australia has just been through its worst fire season with respect to areas burnt and…

Figure 1: Polystyrene (PS) a thermoplastic with very poor reaction to fire, image displays poor unsafe site management.
Flammable cladding in China: A site study 2020

Despite recent tragedies throughout the world, some countries, even in 2020, continue to use unsafe,…

‘We need to be in the mindset that we are full-time fire-prevention specialists and part-time firefighters. The part-time position is when we have failed to reach our audience properly.’ CFO Marcello Francati, Greater Copenhagen Fire Department.
International perspectives on risk reduction

Fresh from the two-day International Symposium hosted by West Midlands Fire Service, Phil Loach shares…

In the US alone, cooking fires cause billions of dollars of direct and indirect damage every year.
The quiet hero who delivered zero

This is a story that has its roots in New England, USA but it really…

Revelation of fire rated ducts

Smoke kills more people in fire than heat, flames or structural collapse every year. Often,…

Bronwyn Weir speaks at The Warren Centre industry-wide seminar on Fire Safety Engineering on 5 February 2019.
The Warren Centre Project – professionalising fire safety engineering

The recent Neo 200 apartment fire in Melbourne highlights that the existing installations of combustible…

The drop pattern from the Firehawk aircraft’s 3,785-liter belly tank can be adjusted in quantity or concentration depending on the fuel source and characteristics of the fire, and to avoid potential danger to ground crews.
Aerial firefighting with the Firehawk Helicopter

Last November’s wildland fires across the state of California killed dozens of residents, burned thousands…

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