The challenge of climate change for fire services 

Two major disasters have gripped the Australian state of NSW in recent years. The summer of 2019–20 saw bushfires rage across 5.5 million hectares claiming 26 lives and destroying almost 2,500 homes. The dangerous phenomenon of fire-generated thunderstorms increased in…

Science to guide our relationship with nature

CEO of Natural Hazards Research Australia, Dr Richard Thornton, reflects on the floods in Queensland and NSW, and how we can improve our mitigation, response and recovery.  The full force of nature has again been felt on the east coast,…

COVID-19 challenged us all, while reminding us about the importance of basic safety benchmarks

Without question, dealing with COVID-19 has been daunting for all of us – citizens, business owners, emergency managers, manufacturers – and of course the tireless men and women on the front line. Even the very mention of the front line…

Battery safety

Love them or hate them, batteries are an integral part of modern living. However, recent incidents have raised their profile from help to hindrance – this article will discuss the considerations that should be made when responding to an incident…

Dealing with the challenges of conducting fire-protection work in Australia during COVID-19

We are living in unprecedented times, with COVID-19 gripping communities across the globe. Shutdowns, restrictions and social distancing have changed the nature of business and created uncertainty for every industry. In Australia, the Commonwealth Government has led a National Cabinet…

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