Revelation of fire rated ducts

Smoke kills more people in fire than heat, flames or structural collapse every year. Often, smoke incapacitates so quickly that it reduces the oxygen level or replaces it with other toxic gases causing a respiratory hazard to its victim, either…

Mitigating roadside grass fires in Australia: MULTIHOG Pilot Program

Every year in Australia there are many severe grassfires that begin on our roadsides. The tall, tinder dry straw-like seeded grass is highly flammable even in the winter months. Usually these areas lie directly below powerlines which typically follow the…

Fire & Rescue Department of Malaysia Director General

The Fire & Rescue Department of Malaysia appointed the Director General Mohammad Hamdan Wahid with effect from 11 June 2018. The letter of commision on the appointment of Mohammad Hamdan Wahid was presented by the Chief Secretary of Malaysian Government…

The Hawaii nuclear alert: how did people respond?

Nuclear tensions between the United States and North Korea have been extensively reported as both sides continue to posture via threats and propaganda and North Korea continues its missile tests. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un has promised to decimate the…

A history of the Australasian Association of Fire Investigators Conferences

Back in 2007 the New South Wales Association of Fire Investigators held a Conference where naturally other States were invited. During that Conference Danny CARSON from the Queensland Association of Fire Investigators put forward a proposal for a National Conference…

Grenfell: the perfect formula for tragedy

Within 51 days, the world witnessed three unfortunate events in cities separated by thousands of miles around the globe: London, Honolulu, and Dubai. All three events can be described simply as preventable losses due to the lack of automatic fire…

The preparedness and evacuation behaviour of Australian pet owners

Much of what is known about pet owner behaviour in emergencies in an Australian context is informed by limited or anecdotal evidence, or media reporting of the actions, or inactions, of individuals. In the international disaster literature pet ownership is…

Marine firefighting with the Hong Kong Fire Services Department

The Hong Kong Fire Services Department (HKFSD) is one of the largest and well trained fire services in the world it is also one of the most diverse protecting its 7.2 million people in all types of emergencies by providing…

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