Australian Fire & Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins announces retirement

The longest serving NSW urban fire chief in more than 100 years is set to retire, with Greg Mullins pulling the pin on his professional career which has spanned almost 40 years – in January 2017. Mr Mullins said he…

Exova Warringtonfire at the forefront of façade testing in Australia

Exova Warringtonfire, the leading fire testing and fire engineering organisation, has invested in new external fire cladding testing capabilities at its laboratory in Dandenong, Australia. The investment has introduced a new façade support rig and additional instrumentation to expand Exova’s…

Australian Fire Authorities’ world class exhibition shows off new technology

AFAC16 – Fire and Emergency Management Conference had 2300 delegates from all walks of the emergency services industry, from researchers to practitioner and suppliers at this week’s 2016 conference in Brisbane, Australia. Not only were the delegate numbers at record…

Will Australia have to cope with a tsunami?

Australians has a number of homegrown natural hazards, from bushfires in summer to storms in winter, cyclones up north and flooding along our rivers. But it doesn’t often stop to consider the threat posed by tsunamis. The vast majority of…

Australian town hit by 33 earthquakes in 30 days

What a headline, for the small town of Norseman, located 720 km east of Perth in western Australia. The tremors have ranged in intensity from 2.7 to 4.2 in magnitude with the exception of a 5.6 earthquake earlier this month.…

Fire fighter recruits ready for their next chapter at airports

Sixteen highly trained aviation rescue fire fighters have completed an elite 11-week training course at Airservices Learning Academy at Melbourne Airport, preparing them to respond to any incident on or around the airport within a matter of minutes. Graduating at…

Hainsworth Appoints New Consultant for Australian Fire Market

Leading protective textile manufacturer A.W.Hainsworth & Sons Ltd is pleased to introduce consultant Keith Ward who has joined the team to represent Hainsworth Technology in the Australian and New Zealand fire market. Keith has many years’ experience working in the…

Australian east coast storm event

The Australian east coast storm event of 4 –5 the June affected the entire eastern seaboard region producing heavy rain, strong winds and powerful surf. In particular, the coastal zone was impacted by an uncommon combination of large wave heights…

Woman on the second story urged to jump from burning Bondi apartment

In the Sydney beach side suburb of Bondi, a women was urged to jump from a second story window when fire broke out in a block of apartments yesterday. Although not in immediate danger the crowd below found some old…

Sydney’s hazard reduction burns cause discomfort

Sydneysiders woke to a blanket of smoke, with several taking to social media to share photographs of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House disappearing into the choking cloud of smoke. NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has confirmed that smoke…

Emergency workers attacked while protecting the community

This is becoming a too familiar story for emergency services worker and it is increasing around the world. This week alone in Melbourne, Australia, firefighters and paramedics where attacked while attending emergency calls. In one event firefighters had a man…

Both sides of the Pacific facing wildfire at the same time

It had to happen, where once it was a clear demarcation between wildfire seasons on the east coast of Australia and the West Coast of the USA, they are now overlapping. It is only the start of the fire season…

Insurance claims hit insurers this summer

Even with no major cyclones or floor insurance claims due to natural catastrophe and severe weather events during the summer months in Australia have now caused over AUD $550 million (USD $415m) of insurance and perhaps reinsurance industry losses, according…

Multi-agency (Integrated) CBR capability

The importance of multi-agency collaboration during major events cannot be under estimated in this world of terrorism and hazardous substances emergency agencies need to train to the same standards and continually exercise their skills. It is not just the formal…

2016 Australian & New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management and Search & Rescue Conference

The Disaster & Emergency Management and Search & Rescue community will unite in 2016 for education, networking and inspiration at the Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management (DMC) and Australian & New Zealand Search & Rescue (SAR) Conferences at…

Emergency Management Conference – 12th-13th July, Melbourne, Australia. All Emergencies. All Communities.

EMC has been one of the major annual emergency services conferences in Australia for the last 16 years. Every year, it brings together emergency management professionals from Emergency Services Organisations, local, state and federal governments, community groups and industry. Last…

Bluemont Pty Ltd – Demonstrate the Hytrans HS150 system throughout Australia

In 2005, Bluemont brought to Australia the Hytrans HS150 system demonstration truck and completed live demonstrations for fire services throughout Queensland, NSW, ACT & Victoria. This is the same unit on a similar skid platform that has been common for…

Delivering on our 2020 vision – simplifying accreditation

FPA Australia has a simple goal for the fire protection industry: that all individuals will be ‘fit-for-action’ (which means trained, competent and accredited) by2020. We are committed to making this goal a reality and have listened to feedback from our…

Huge quake strikes off Indonesia but tsunami warnings cancelled

By Kanupriya Kapoor and Eveline Danubrata JAKARTA (Reuters) – A massive quake struck on Wednesday off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a region devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean quake and tsunami, but initial fears of another region-wide disaster faded…

Announcement from Institution of Fire Engineers Australia Branch

The Institution of Fire Engineers is pleased to announce its ‘2016 IFE Australia Conference’ to be held at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast. The program will commence on the 26th October 2016 with welcome cocktails. Technical papers will…

Two Birds might be Purposely Starting Wildfires in Australia

An article in Newsweek at first sounds like an April fool’s joke, but further research seems to indicate there may be some truth in the theory. Brown falcons and black kites are apparently picking up burning sticks and dropping them…

Heavy rain doesn’t stop a large warehouse fire in Sydney.

Despite one of the heaviest downpours in Sydney for many years a large warehouse fire in the western suburbs added to what was a very busy time for the fire service. The two-storey warehouse, with a foot print of approx.…

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