New Australian fire Commissioner, Rob Rogers AFSM

New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) has a new Commissioner following the resignation of Shane Fitzsimmons in March of this year. Commissioner Rob Rogers first became involved with the RFS in 1979 as a volunteer member of the Belrose…

FRNSW is first to benefit from latest Gore-Tex technology

Firefighters at Fire and Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW) are the first in Australia to be protected by new firefighting garments that include the revolutionary Gore-Tex Moisture Barrier with the Gore Crosstech product technology Gore Parallon System. The Gore Parallon…

Officials acquitted of negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster

I was watching the news on NHK TV (Japan’s public broadcaster) on 11 March 2011 when the broadcast was abruptly interrupted by a news flash that a JMA (the Japan Meteorological Agency) magnitude 7.9 earthquake had occurred off the Tohoku…

Bring your own air: a brief history of breathing apparatus

When you’re asked, ‘what’s the world’s oldest profession?’ you may be forgiven for coming up with the standard answer. But you’d forget one other ancient job: the firefighter. More than 5,000 years ago, even the Egyptians had firefighters dousing flames…

FLIR donate to fight Australian forest fires

The 2019/2020 Australian bushfire season, colloquially known as the Black Summer, started in June 2019 with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service acting director warning of the potential for an early start to the bushfire season, which normally starts in…

Emergency evacuations: are you prepared?

As our buildings and the way in which we put them to use become more complex, the challenges of safely evacuating occupants increase. The latest analogue addressable fire panels give fire engineers, specifiers and end users more control and peace…

2019/20: Australia’s worst fire season on record

Australia has just been through its worst fire season with respect to areas burnt and although we had 34 deaths (including a number of firefighters) it could have been worse considering the size and length of the fire season. I…

Flammable cladding in China: A site study 2020

Despite recent tragedies throughout the world, some countries, even in 2020, continue to use unsafe, inappropriate construction methods and materials. Flames recently spread across ‘flammable cladding’ in a fire at the University of Bolton in the north-west of England. The…

International perspectives on risk reduction

Fresh from the two-day International Symposium hosted by West Midlands Fire Service, Phil Loach shares his thoughts on why it is so important to look beyond the UK to learn from others when it comes to understanding risk and keeping…

The quiet hero who delivered zero

This is a story that has its roots in New England, USA but it really has relevance in virtually every corner of the world, including Australia. It’s about keeping people and property safe, and how one firefighter’s passion to do…

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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