Wildfires are changing; firefighting tools needed a change too – meet the brand-new Tactical Unit from Vallfirest

Fuelled by the climate crisis, wildland fires are becoming faster, more unpredictable and more devastating, posing a threat to mankind in general and emergency bodies in particular. In recent years we have seen a whole new dimension of pyro phenomena,…

Tour GORE-TEX test labs from anywhere

Gore has developed an innovative way of letting people take a digital tour through 20 of its specialist GORE-TEX test laboratories at any time from the comfort of their home or office. Every year, customers have the opportunity to visit…

Pacific BR9’S Kevlar shell wins over New South Wales Rural Fire Service

Production is in full flight at Pacific Helmets (NZ) Ltd to deliver the BR9 wildland firefighting helmet to the largest fire service in the world – NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS). At least 40,000 members of NSW RFS are…

Fighting the Cobrico peat fire

When a bushfire tore through Cobrico in Victoria’s south-west igniting the peat bog underneath, toxic levels of carbon monoxide caused the temporary relocation of 20% of residents and those in surrounding areas. Peatlands cover about 5% of the earth’s surface…

Warringtonfire invests in new ‘reaction to fire’ test equipment

Warringtonfire Australia, part of the Element Group, is excited to announce our new extended capabilities to conduct crucial ‘reaction to fire’ testing prescribed by the National Construction Code. Our team at the testing laboratory in Melbourne has been busy installing…

Gore sets the standard in moisture management

W. L. Gore and Associates Inc is regarded as one of the most innovative companies in the world with over 2,000 patents granted worldwide for diverse applications. Gore products are on Mars in the Curiosity Rover and are currently on…

New Hong Kong Fire Services Department Director

Joseph Leung Wai-hung, FSDSM, assumed the helm of the Hong Kong Fire Services Department as its director on 18 April 2020, leading a 10,000-strong fire and ambulance team to protect the city from fires and other calamities. The new director…

Knowledge-sharing agreement to boost property resilience against fire

FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers, and the Indonesian Fire & Rescue Foundation (IFRF) have announced a partnership agreement that aims to improve property protection and resilience against fire events in Indonesia. Under the agreement, the…

Crusader Hose – Fighting the Cobrico peat fire

In mid-March 2018, a bush fire tore through Cobrico in Victoria’s south-west,igniting the peat bog underneath. This left behind toxic levels of carbon monoxide and caused the temporary relocation of 20 per cent of residents. After attempting to bring the…

Fire detection in large-scale, high-risk industrial environments

Designing a reliable fire detection system for high-risk industrial environments can prove particularly challenging. There are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration, not least the location and scale of the site. Extra care needs to…

Ten years of Tyco’s women’s growth network and inaugural SFPE Conference

This month saw the inaugural Society Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Conference take place in Dubai from 19-23 March. Tyco’s diversity programme, the Women’s Growth Network, which will celebrate its ten-year anniversary in 2017 was highlighted at the conference, themed Getting-It-Right:…

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