If 110 Fires are Not Enough, Queensland Firefighters Could See More Heat, Dry Lightning and Potential Tropical Cyclone to add to State’s Problems

This report from ABC News says Sunday will be a day of vigilance for fire-ravaged parts of Queensland, amid the threat of blazes caused by lightning and the possibility of a tropical cyclone brewing in the northern Coral Sea. Severe…

Unseasonal Conditions See Bushfires in Queensland

In a period that is usually devoid of large fires, homes in Queensland, Australia are at risk from a bushfire with a  50km forefront. A number of homes in affected areas have been evacuated displacing residents who have been moved…

Firefighters in Hastings New Zealand Tackle Fire at Hawke’s Bay Opera House

Firefighters have extinguished a blaze at Hasting’s Hawke’s Bay Opera House. Hastings is on the east side of the North Island and boasts one of the oldest and innovative concert venues in New Zealand.  The Art Nouveau building was opened in 1915…

Early Fire Season a Worry for Australian Firefighters

Aug 20th, Australia is still in winter, however, a long dry spell which has seen most of the east coast of Australia in drought has made for an early start to the fire season, the state of New South Wales…

Queens Birthday honours awarded to NZ and Australian firefighters

This Queens birthday saw four New Zealanders and twenty-nine Australian fire service personnel honoured for their service to the community. Of special note is the awarding of Ex-commissioner Greg Mullens with an Officer of the order of Australia, the second…

Bushfire in Pilliga Forest

A bushfire burning through Pilliga Forest in New South Wales, Australia, has burned nearly 594 square kilometers (229 square miles). The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image of the fire on January 22, 2018. The natural-color image shows…

New South Wales hit by hot weather and 35 fires

On Tuesday 22 January there were 35 wildfires active in NSW Australia alone. Many of these incidents are currently small but all having the potential to develop if not contained. This fire season is living up to its normal timetable,…

Australia and New Zealand Disaster Management Conference 2018

The organisers of this years Australia and New Zealand Disaster Management Conference, 21 – 22 May 2018 are pleased with the progress the event has made since its inception. They are keen that others recognise its value and opportunities and think…

Fire closes Australia’s Newcastle airport for two days as 200 firefighters work to gain control

Newcastle airport is one of Australia’s largest regional airports situated 200 Km north of Sydney. A wildfire started on Saturday and the efforts of Firefighters kept the fire contained. Unfortunately, strong winds built and did not let up on Sunday making…

Tsunami risk in Australia: Facilitating community understanding

According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the Australian coastline faces some 8,000km of tectonic plate boundary capable of generating tsunamis that could impact Australia. While commonly regarded as an irrelevant hazard in Australia, this assumption is unfounded. During the…

German and European exhibitors take part in Sydney

Leading European manufacturers head to Sydney, Australia, for the Asia Pacific’s largest emergency management conference and exhibition: this year’s AFAC17 powered by INTERSCHUTZ conference and exhibition, takes place at the new International Convention Centre Sydney on the 4-7 September 2017…

AFAC17 powered by INTERSCHUTZ (4 – 7 September 2017): German and European exhibitors take part in Sydney – Flanking conference with international experts

Leading European manufacturer’s head to Sydney, Australia, for the Asia Pacific’s largest emergency management conference and exhibition: this year’s AFAC17 powered by INTERSCHUTZ conference and exhibition, takes place at the new International Convention Centre Sydney on the 4-7 September 2017…

Exova acquires Australian fire engineering consultancy business

Exova Group plc, the global testing, calibration and advisory services provider, has acquired Defire Holdings Pty Ltd (Defire), a Sydney-based fire safety engineering consultancy business. Defire has been providing leading fire safety expertise to Australia’s building and infrastructure sectors for…

Fire Australia Speakers to Discuss the Industry’s Big Issues

With less than a month to Fire Australia 2017, Australia’s premier event in fire and life safety, expectation is growing with a full Conference program and the biggest tradeshow of its kind. Keynote speakers: Jim Pauley (pictured top) President and CEO of…

Cyclone Debbie is not just a cyclone

Australia’s northern state Queensland was hit by one of the largest cyclones for some time, the category 4 cyclone was the size of the United Kingdom and had wind speeds of up to 250 Km/hr when it hit the holiday…

Australian firefighters home lost in bushfire while he is out protecting others.

While fighting a 3,500-hectare fire in Carwoola, just outside Australia’s capital city, Canberra, firefighter Peter Bavingtons was not aware that his home was under attack from the same fire. Firefighter Bavington lost his house and all his possession as the…

Sunday from hell in the Australian state of New South Wales

Imagine you wake up to a day that will have temperatures in the 40o C and that is only in the morning. The smell of smoke is everywhere as 80+ fires roll across the state, the largest one with a…

Disaster and Emergency Management Conference – Stands are selling fast

Stands are selling fast for the 2017 Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference, held 22 – 23 May at Jupiters Gold Coast. If you have a product or service that you would like to promote to 500+…

What’s new in the world of standards?

Standards Australia develops and adopts voluntary standards for use in Australia. We do this to support the needs of industry, government and the wider community and help make Australia more efficient, productive and safe. In the fire protection and firefighting…

Australia’s unique approach to understanding natural disaster risks

Five of Australia’s six most costly natural hazard events have come from different perils: a tropical cyclone, an earthquake, a flood, bushfire and a convective storm. Over the last 20 years, a unique approach to understanding these risks has developed…

Economic impact of bushfires in NSW, ACT to double by 2050

The Climate Council, one of Australia’s leading authorities on climate change has said the cost of bushfires to New South Wales and the ACT is likely to more than double by 2050, adding an extra $100m per year to the…

New research will look at the delivery of aid to disaster zones by drones?

A research team funded by the Australian Red Cross and the Department of Foreign Affairs in Australia will examine how drones could help in relief efforts. The aim is to find out, is this a way to get humanitarian aid…

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