Largest Fire for Years in Melbourne Causes Toxic Smoke Flume and Water Run Off Last Thursday

One of Melbourne’s largest fires in years continues to burn in the city’s west, closing schools and childcare centres as well as prompting health warnings from the toxic smoke. The Melbourne, Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) said the Tottenham fire began…

Melbourne’s iconic restaurant strip, Lygon St, hit by $2m fire.

At 2.00am Monday 2nd Oct a fierce fire destroyed several businesses on Lygon Street, it took 60 firefighters more than an hour to bring the fire under control. The fire is being treated as suspicious. Fire crews were called when explosive…

MFB pioneering the use of Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems by fire services

Since 2010 Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) has been developing the use of low altitude Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in a range of scenarios. With MFB’s second generation of RPAS now fully operational, it has been a journey that…

Five die as light plane crashes into mall in Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A pilot and four American passengers were killed on Tuesday when a small plane crashed into the roof of a shopping mall after taking off from an airfield outside Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, police said. The twin-turboprop…

Rare asthma thunderstorm kills five in Melbourne

Following on from the weather warnings about fire, Melbourne now faces another weather event, an asthma thunderstorm. The storm has killed 5 people so far and put many in hospital, 20 remain in intensive care. Hospitals treated 8500 people since…

Non-compliance – why near enough must never be good enough

In May of this year a raft of new buildings found to have non-compliant, potentially combustible external cladding were added to the Victorian Building Authority’s list as part of its ongoing audit in and around the Melbourne CBD. In many…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

Diving cylinders explode in house fire

Firefighters were faced with exploding diving cylinders during a garage blaze at Watsonia in Melbourne’s north east on Saturday 5th September. Crews were called to a home fire in quiet Suburban Street shortly after 2pm after numerous people reported hearing…

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…

Recruits ready – Aviation Fire Fighters Complete Elite Training

Seventeen 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…

Melbourne Apartment Fire Forces Night-time Evacuation

Around 400 people were evacuated from a high-rise apartment complex at Docklands in Melbourne, Australia when fire recently broke out recently in the middle of the night. The blaze quickly spread up the external balconies of the 20-storey building from…

Melbourne Lightning Storm Triggers Major Fires

A massive overnight lightning storm with the highest 24-hour rainfall since September last year triggered fires across Melbourne.  In one instance, a lightning strike sparked a fire that destroyed a house in Prahran in Melbourne’s south-east.  Elsewhere a tree that…

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