Emergency Management

Virtual Reality, Drones and Big Data Changing the Way Firefighters Approach the Job

A new virtual reality technology promises to change the way firefighters safely train and prepare for particularly dangerous situations in the line of duty. Dubbed the FLAIM trainer, the Australian innovation is just being released on the market after being developed over the past two years at Deakin University in Victoria.

Training For a Nightmare: How First Responders Prepare For The Worst

As rescuers scanned for life in sub-zero temperatures after the Thredbo landslide, the dangerously unstable site and freezing conditions stalled search efforts and caused equipment to seize. One of Australia’s most popular holiday spots became…

Drones Delivering Emergency Blood Could Save Lives

A northern beaches doctor who delivers critical care to patients in remote areas of the state says drones transporting blood could save lives. Dr Brian Burns, 43, will make the case at an international conference…

Disaster Scenarios Guidance

It may sound ridiculous, but what if there was an earthquake in the centre of Albany? Or a cruise ship struck a reef off Middleton Beach and left an oil slick streaming into Princess Royal…

Plans for Firefighting Force with No Board Nor CEO Stir Up Smouldering Concerns

Victoria’s new urban firefighting force would not have a board  or chief executive, raising concerns that its new commissioner would simply act as a rubber stamp for government. Under the controversial overhaul of firefighting, Fire…

Multi-agency collaboration in the face of major incidents

The 6th Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference will be held over the 22 – 23 May at The Star Gold Coast (previously Jupiter’s), Queensland. Mr Nicholas de Rozario, Fire Management Officer at the…

The Use of Immersive Technologies for Public Engagement

The 6th Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference will be held over the 22 – 23 May at The Star Gold Coast (previously Jupiter’s), Queensland. Dr Allison Rifai, Principal Program Officer, Office of the…

Are You Prepared?

The Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) is a “not-for-profit, community, volunteer, emergency service organisation that is enabled by both State and local governments. It shares its highly recognised name with States and Territory State Emergency…

Police feared “civil disorder” in SA last September

Police feared “civil disorder” as rattled South Australians scrambled to stock up on essential items during the statewide blackout, documents show. Increasingly dire messages shared between emergency services during the crisis reveal the true extent…

Hospitals feel the heat too from extreme weather and its health impacts

As southeastern Australia swelters through another heatwave, how well equipped are our hospitals to cope with severe weather events? Hospitals lie at the heart of our ability to manage the significant potential health impacts of…
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