Immersive learning for the fire service
In May 2015 the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published an extensive report entitled ‘Research Roadmap for Smart Firefighting’. The report spoke of the need for the fire service to take advantage…
Showcasing PhD success

As Australia experiences natural hazards of increasing frequency and severity, emergency services need information and tools to support them in making critical decisions. The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC’s postgraduate programme is contributing new knowledge to the sector. Bushfire and…

Airport emergency exercises – lessons learnt

Conducting an ineffective airport emergency exercise constitutes a lost opportunity and entails extensive cost, in large measure in work hours. Given the large investment it’s important to design and run exercises to get the best outcome possible. In 2018, over…

Why should the fire service use virtual reality for training?

Fire services now have the opportunity to embrace virtual reality (VR) to transform how firefighters across the globe are trained. Virtual reality provides a realistic alternative to hot fire training. VR provides a safe starting ground for new firefighters and…

Hong Kong Fire and Ambulance Services Academy – Part 2

We started the journey in the April edition of Asia Pacific Fire on the Hong Kong Fire Services Department (HKFSD), Fire and Ambulance Services Academy (the Academy), in this edition I will concentrate on the larger training props HKFSD now…

Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC) Craigieburn

The Environmental considerations in which firefighters work today is becoming increasingly uncertain and complex. In Australia, rapid changes to building regulations, urban population growth, the security environment, climate change and growing community expectations places increasing pressure on fire services everywhere…

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