Becoming Fire-Fit: Preparing for the Unexpected and the Unimagined
Greetings! My name is Rachel Westcott. I’m a veterinarian, emergency manager and researcher. I’m delighted to be back at ANZDMC in 2019. I completed my PhD in 2018, as part of the Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre’s Managing Animals in Disasters project. My PhD topic is essentially public-health- meets-natural-hazards, and is about normalisingRead More
Australia’s ‘Deadliest Natural Hazard’: What’s Your Heatwave Plan?
Heatwaves are Australia’s deadliest natural hazard, but a recent survey has found that many vulnerable people do not have plans to cope with extreme heat. Working with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre and the Bureau of Meteorology, my colleagues and I surveyed 250 residents and 60 business managers in Western Sydney and the NSW NorthRead More
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.Read More
What’s the Future for Fire Protection in Australia?
The Grenfell fire disaster in London serves as a stark reminder about why properly installed and maintained working fire protection systems are so critical. While the cause of the Grenfell fire is not yet known, the extraordinary speed at which the fire spread is widely believed to have been aided by the building’s recently addedRead More
Facebook Trials Australian Bush Fire and Disaster Planning Feature
Facebook is trialling a location data-driven feature which it believes will help authorities combat bush fires in Australia, as well as tackling other disasters around the world, and it hopes to have the feature ready to roll out before summer. Speaking to The Australian Financial Review while in the country for the Office of the Australian InformationRead More
Keep Looking When Cooking Campaign in Bid to Prevent Deadly House Fires
Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is urging people to take extra precautions in the kitchen to protect themselves from deadly house fires, which have already claimed five lives this year. FRNSW Community Safety and Research Chief Superintendent Jeremy Fewtrell said kitchen fires accounted for 45 per cent of all residential fires and 34 per centRead More
Recognised for their courage
Four members of the Cape Clear Fire Brigade have been awarded the Chief Officer’s Unit Citation for Courage after saving a man’s life while fighting a fast-moving grassfire in November 2014. Brigade members Donald Coward, Neil Shiells, Jim McKay and John McNabb received the award at a lunch with CFA District 15 operations manager Brett Boatman andRead More
Drones helping firefighters find source of Canada’s ‘Costliest Natural Disaster’
The news is filled with stories about people who use drones in ways that endanger lives. It wasn’t long ago that drones kept firefighters from fighting life-threatening blazes in California. But firefighters battling an Alberta firestorm that could prove Canada’s “costliest natural disaster,” according to Business Insider, are looking to drones to help answer the question of howRead More
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services: Mactaggarts Woolstore, Newstead, 1990.
Published on Sep 1, 2015 via Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. It was so big, the fire was sucking them in like a monster, Tom Dawson remembers. One of Brisbane’s fiercest fires, ferocious beyond belief, the 1990 Woolstore combustion shot flames though the sky, setting alight neighbouring buildings and leaving nothing but an empty, radiatingRead More
October 2013 NSW Bush Fires – The challenges, experiences and outcomes
Mr Anthony Clark, Group Manager, Corporate Communications, NSW Rural Fire Service will present a Case Study at the 2014 Australian and New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference: The October 2013 NSW Bush Fires – The challenges, experiences and outcomes. 2013 saw some of the most challenging fire conditions NSW has experienced in more thanRead More
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