Late-season fires on the outskirts of Sydney

A massive bushfire has affected properties in Sydney’s south-west, New South Wales. The fire has burnt over 2,430 hectares around the townships Holsworthy and Menai. More than 500 firefighters in almost 100 fire trucks, along with 15 aircraft, have battled…

Bushfire in Pilliga Forest

A bushfire burning through Pilliga Forest in New South Wales, Australia, has burned nearly 594 square kilometers (229 square miles). The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image of the fire on January 22, 2018. The natural-color image shows…

Fathers Instinct and a Helicopter Leads to Son’s Rescue

A Fathers instinct and the memory of a previous tragedy led to the successful location and rescue of 17-year-old Sam Lethbridge from his badly damaged car on a remote part of a New South Wales Highway. Sam had been travelling to…

Sunday from hell in the Australian state of New South Wales

Imagine you wake up to a day that will have temperatures in the 40o C and that is only in the morning. The smell of smoke is everywhere as 80+ fires roll across the state, the largest one with a…

Firefighters rescue lizard in Australian bushfire

Firefighters rescue large blue tongue lizard during fires in the Hunter region of NSW. The volunteers were helping firefighters extinguish an allegedly deliberately lit fire which burnt through 33 hectares of land in Kurri Kurri when they discovered a severely…

Record Number of Women Become New South Wales Firefighters

For the first time, 12 of the 24 recruits, of the most recent graduating class of Fire & Rescue New South Wales are women, the Australian state’s government announced recently. The uptake in participation by women followed changes to the…

Economic impact of bushfires in NSW, ACT to double by 2050

The Climate Council, one of Australia’s leading authorities on climate change has said the cost of bushfires to New South Wales and the ACT is likely to more than double by 2050, adding an extra $100m per year to the…

DC-10 Prepares for Australian Fire Season

Throughout September 10 Tanker Air Carrier, based in Albuquerque New Mexico, has been preparing Tanker 910 for the upcoming bushfire season in New South Wales. Known as Southern Belle by Australian firefighters, the DC-10 will be helping to provide air…

Portable firefighting dam demonstration at Australian Air Show

The NSW Rural Fire Service used the Wings Over Illawarra Air Show to demonstrate the importance and flexibility of portable, frameless dams, when it comes to aerial firefighting. The dam was up and ready within 15 minutes with the filing…

DC-10 tactical use by NSW Rural Fire Service

Last December firefighters from New South Wales began using their DC-10 Large Airtanker in a fashion that, while not necessarily an innovation, has not been commonly practiced elsewhere. Historically airtankers began with the capacity to carry enough retardant to hit…

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…

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,…

Massive Factory Fire Destroys Sydney Factory

More than a hundred firefighters from across the New South Wales state capital in Australia worked to contain a massive fire that engulfed a factory that contained tens of thousands of litres of flammable solvents in a car parts factory…

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