Insurance reaches $60m in deadly Western Australia fires

The cost of deadly Western Australian bushfires has climbed to $60 million and the figure is expected to rise, according to insurers. The Insurance Council of Australia says several hundred calls have been made to insurers following bushfires that killed…

Victorian bushfires: Devastate Wye River and Separation Creek

On Christmas day about 116 houses were destroyed in fires that engulf the small holiday hamlets of Wye River and Separation Creek in Southern Australasia. The threat of the 2700-hectare fire has eased given the cooler conditions and light rain,…

More than 100 homes lost in Australia’s Christmas Day bushfires

By Christopher McCall MELBOURNE (Reuters) – More than 100 homes burned down in a leading Australian tourist area in bushfires on Christmas Day and the situation remained dangerous on Saturday, as officials predicted more blazes to come later in the…

Fire Fighters secure asbestos after storm destroys 25 homes last Wednesday.

A storm that hit Kurnell, a suburb near Sydney airport, has turned up another hazard for the fire service to deal with, before a clean-up can start. The Bureau of Meteorology said winds measuring up to 213 kilometres per hour…

Clean-up underway in Kurnell after ‘unprecedented’ storm delivers 213kph winds

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology said the destructive winds hit around 10:30am (AEDT) on 16th December, and measured up to 213 kilometres per hour, while some areas were pelted with golf ball-sized hail stones. Authorities say it is very fortunate no-one…

Airservices calls in the ‘Santa Commanders’ to prepare for Santa’s arrival

Australia’s provider of air traffic control services, Airservices Australia, is gearing up for Santa’s visit to Australia on Christmas Eve and this year a team of Aussie kids will get an inside look at what it takes to prepare for…

Firefighter recruits ready for their next chapter at airports

Eighteen new aviation rescue firefighters will start work next week at airports around the country providing a vital first response to airport emergencies and ensuring the safety of airport users. Graduating today from Airservices Learning Academy in Melbourne, Australia the…

New technology to stop bushfires starting from power lines

High-voltage power lines have been the source of many deadly bushfires, as a result of sparking, this could be reduced by up to 90 per cent by world-first technology to be installed on the electricity distribution network in the state…

Xtralis VESDA-E Protects the Largest Shopping Complex in Southern Hemisphere

The Chadstone shopping complex is the largest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere, located in Melbourne, Australia. With over 20 million visitors annually, the high-end outlet is a retail home for world-class brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Burberry, and Tiffany & Co.…

Bulk water transport for two of Australia’s largest fire services

Accessing enough of the wet stuff to be able to put out the red stuff can be a problem for fire brigades. These days less so for Fire & Rescue NSW. Their new Hytrans Bulk Water Transport Systems gives easy…

Central Station, Sydney fire chaos

On Saturday night the 26th Sept Sydney’s main rail station was thrown into chaos when a fire broke out in the Hungry Jack’s fast food restaurant at 06.15pm. Twenty fire appliances and 100 firefighters from city fire station quickly brought…

Emergency services to learn key insights at AFAC conference Adelaide, Australia

More than 1000 delegates from Australia and New Zealand’s emergency services will meet next week in Adelaide (1-3 September) to discuss the latest in disaster-related research and experience. With over 100 speakers on the program, the annual conference of the…

New Fire Protection Nozzles from Spray Nozzle Engineering

As exclusive Bete partner in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Rim, Spray Nozzle Engineering is pleased to announce the addition of a new expanded range of fire protection nozzles for special hazard fire suppression systems. On the back of…

The middle of winter and wildfires in Australia

 Firefighters continue to work to contain the fire burning in the Wentworth Falls area of the Blue Mountains which has burnt more than 340 hectares of bush and threaten houses. Firefighters continue to work to contain the fire burning in…

Australian Building Certification in question

Robert Hart from Engineers Australia has called for a rethink on the building certification system. He said “A new high-rise apartment building in Sydney will experience a “major fire” sometime in the next two years and when it does, it…

El Niño in the tropical Pacific

In 2009, the El Nino brought the worst drought in four decades to India. It razed wheat fields in Australia and damaged crops across Asia. Food prices surged and fire danger increased.  A closely watched forecast by Japan and Australia…

Exova Test Workshop

Exova open day shows building officials why it is important to test fire protection under real conditions. At the Exova fire testing lab in Melbourne Australia 70 building officials witnessed what happens when you subject a fire feature to a realistic…

Fire report into fire spread because of non-compliant cladding

A recent fire in Melbourne, Australia, has called into doubt the safety of many high-rise buildings. These building will now need to be inspected, after a report into a spectacular fire in the Docklands area exposed the use of a…

Pacific 7.7 magnitude Earthquake

A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 has struck off Papua New Guinea, just before midnight on the 29th March official monitors say, and a tsunami warning has been issued. The quake was at a depth of 65 kilometres,…

Reaching Communities in Disasters

Many countries are working concurrently on next generation systems to enable the public to contact the emergency services and, conversely, for the emergency services to alert the community to a life-threatening event. The time is ripe for international cooperation and…

Firefighters brace for bad fire weather after a week battling massive bushfires

With bad fire weather on the way for the weekend, DFES is urging people to be alert and ready for more bushfires in southern parts of WA, including the Perth metropolitan area. DFES Assistant Commissioner Darren Klemm said the combination…

28 Australian Fire Service Medals awarded on Australia Day

The Australia day honours, announcement this Australia day saw 28 Australian fire fighters receive ASFM awarded for their contribution to the protection the people of Australia from fire. We congratulate the dedicated recipients listed below.  Federal Mr David Charles BROOKS,…

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