Enhancing responders’ performance and safety through smart wearable technologies

Wearable devices such as smartwatches have become increasingly popular in recent years, given their effectiveness in monitoring the physiological condition of the wearer. In particular, they have been used in sports to provide targeted feedback to enhance the wearer’s performance.…

Future directions in the acquisition of aerial fire intelligence

Australia suffered some of its worst bushfires ever in the summer of 2019/2020, a period now known colloquially as the ‘Black Summer’. Although difficult to accurately quantify, it is estimated that fires burnt almost 20 million hectares of land and…

Next-Gen fire station alerting

Radical new designs in fire station alerting technology are helping to save lives and property. It’s an unfortunate fact that, every hour of every day, people find themselves in some form of danger. Luckily, however, in those instances, sophisticated new…

Database crucial for learning lessons from the past

Australia’s emergency services can now easily navigate through 130 years of data from inquiries, reviews and coronial inquests into natural hazards in one place. The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC’s Disaster Inquiries Database captures and categorizes recommendations, ensuring lessons from…

Trusting reliable rugged solutions in times of emergency

The fire-services industry has recently evolved with the emergence of new technologies such as software tools, facial-recognition software and artificial intelligence (AI). According to a report from Australian government ‘Australia’s Tech Future’1, more emergency services, including fire, are using digital…

The new addressing system helping UK emergency services

Emergencies can happen anywhere, from a wildfire in a park to an incident outside one of the gates at a crowded stadium. Saying precisely where first responders are needed is crucial but can sometimes be near impossible for callers to…

A tool to understand large buildings in an emergency

Locatrix (previously Concept Safety Systems) is a technology inventor, partnering with first responders and emergency industry professionals to help Government, corporations, property owners and managers alike to achieve breakthrough standards in protecting occupants and visitors in and around buildings. We…

Automation: saving money, staff and lives

When repetitive, time-consuming tasks are automated, Australia’s vital fire and rescue staff are free to do what they do best – keep the public safe. In the Australian environment, fire and rescue operations provide a vital and longstanding service to…

Bigger is not always better in the age of modern lighting technology

For the last 25 years, lighting manufacturers have been in a fierce competition to out-shine each other. The focus of modern manufacturers has been one-upping the next with more lumens from their latest fixture. Specifically, with regard to LED technologies,…

New development in the world of wildland firefighting equipment

Again and again, huge fires are destroying large parts of nature in this world, destroying the habitat of humans and also animals, destroying agricultural land and property. At this time, the forest fires on this planet can not be enumerated.…

Infrared cameras for firefighters

Fire is a very hostile atmosphere for most people, including firefighters. When you have smoke that is so thick that you can’t see your hand in front of you, and you couple that with high heat, it’s an atmosphere that’s…

How innovative technology can lead to significant gains in lone worker safety

In a recent case in New Zealand involving the death of a lone machinery operator the company were ordered to pay $85,000 in reparations to the worker’s family as the company involved had no lone worker policy in place. Putting…

Satellites to help show when the bush is ready to burn

Soil dryness and flammable vegetation are two of the primary factors affecting the severity of a bushfire. But a new interactive map is providing better information that will help fire managers undertake prescribed burns safer and assess the risk of…

Modern technology will further improve fire safety around the world

On March 25, Russia experienced its deadliest blaze in nearly a decade, killing 64 people in a mall. The subsequent investigation found a deactivated alarm system was to blame, in violation of safety rules. I can’t stop questioning that if…

Transforming fire safety

Fire safety is a major concern. We’re living in a world that has been shaken by technological advances, in cities and buildings full of cutting edge innovations where one of the most pressing dangers is still the threat of fire.…

Approaching the flame fire fighting robot

Australia has a considerable amount of petroleum and gas terminals across the country. These terminals support our daily life and pumps energy into our economy. But what if one of these terminals and its tanks go wrong? In a blink…

Effective field service software can improve your fire safety productivity

Technicians are expensive resources. By identifying and addressing key areas of inefficiency within your resources, you can maximize your investment and productivity. Manual processes, hard-to-understand spreadsheets, paper-based schedules and inefficient technician scheduling are just a few ways that your business…

Death prevention by virtual training

Despite stricter safety requirements and the use of newer technologies, fire fighters are still involved in many incidents during their brave defence. They are involved in accidents during field operations but, strangely enough, also during training. In the USA for…

The convergence of video and fire safety

Using video for fire safety outreach is nothing new, many people and departments are doing it – just search YouTube using the words “fire safety” and you’ll get 1.1 million results. However, this raises the question – how effective are…

Australian fire app focuses on firefighter safety

The South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) provides first-line response to rural fires and road accidents across an area of 985,000 square kilometers with 14,500 volunteer firefighters. During 2013 – 2014, CFS responded to 18,115 incidents. That figure has been steadily…

Remote access puts your fire system at your fingertips

Managing a large or complex facility becomes a lot easier if you can get the right information at the right time, in the right place. Today’s fire indicating panels collect and organise tremendous amounts of real-time information that could be…

GIS technology improves the workflow of emergency management

Over the last several years, emergency management has become more complicated. Large-scale emergencies seem to be more prevalent, and new threats exist. The need to plan for, prevent, and reduce the consequences of emergencies is greater than ever. Emergency management…

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