Emergency response to coal and energy production incidents in Victoria

Fire and emergencies in coal mines, handling and power generation facilities as proven with the fires in February 2014 at the Yallourn and Morwell open cut mines can have a devastating effect on the health and wellbeing of residents close…

Five die as light plane crashes into mall in Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A pilot and four American passengers were killed on Tuesday when a small plane crashed into the roof of a shopping mall after taking off from an airfield outside Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, police said. The twin-turboprop…

Multi-agency (Integrated) CBR capability

The importance of multi-agency collaboration during major events cannot be under estimated in this world of terrorism and hazardous substances emergency agencies need to train to the same standards and continually exercise their skills. It is not just the formal…

More than 100 homes lost in Australia’s Christmas Day bushfires

By Christopher McCall MELBOURNE (Reuters) – More than 100 homes burned down in a leading Australian tourist area in bushfires on Christmas Day and the situation remained dangerous on Saturday, as officials predicted more blazes to come later in the…

Fire ravages South Eastern Australia

More than 200 fire burnt out-of-control across the state of Victoria in South Eastern Australia, following three days of temperatures over 40C and winds up to 100 km/hr. The largest of the fires was in the Indigo Valley near Wodonga…

Costerfield mine fire: 28 people ‘safe and well’ after mine fire in central Victoria

A fire broke out at the Costerfield mine in McNichols Lane in Victoria yesterday (16/12/2016). Twenty-eight people were underground at the Mandalay Resources operation when a remotely operated loader caught fire around 3pm. The company said the operator raised the alarm and…

New technology to stop bushfires starting from power lines

High-voltage power lines have been the source of many deadly bushfires, as a result of sparking, this could be reduced by up to 90 per cent by world-first technology to be installed on the electricity distribution network in the state…

Bulk water transport for two of Australia’s largest fire services

Accessing enough of the wet stuff to be able to put out the red stuff can be a problem for fire brigades. These days less so for Fire & Rescue NSW. Their new Hytrans Bulk Water Transport Systems gives easy…

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,…

Melbourne Lightning Storm Triggers Major Fires

A massive overnight lightning storm with the highest 24-hour rainfall since September last year triggered fires across Melbourne.  In one instance, a lightning strike sparked a fire that destroyed a house in Prahran in Melbourne’s south-east.  Elsewhere a tree that…

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