ARFF airport firefighting vehicle from S TEMPERA with FireDos front and roof monitor. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

Why use CAF in ARFF?

Aviation has always been an industry with an increased potential for fire danger since powered aircraft have been used. Firefighting has an established history within this industry, since the first scheduled airline…
The mathematics, physics and chemistry of a BLEVE 

This feature provides readers with an insight into one of the most troubling incidents, the much-feared Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapour Explosion (BLEVE) that can occur in the Dangerous Goods Supply Chain, but most crucially how to avoid the horror of…

NeighbourinNeighbouring properties with high exposure to wildfire hazard in the 2018 Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles County are shown in the before-and-after images. The house at left had a solid 30ft buffer and relatively light vegetative coverage within 100ft. The house next door had vegetation encroaching well within 30ft and dense vegetation within much of the 100ft circle. Post-fire imagery shows the house with more defensible space largely intact, while its neighbour is destroyed. Images supplied by Author / Contributorg properties with high exposure to wildfire hazard in the 2018 Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles County are shown in the before-and-after images. The house at left had a solid 30ft buffer and relatively light vegetative coverage within 100ft. The house next door had vegetation encroaching well within 30ft and dense vegetation within much of the 100ft circle. Post-fire imagery shows the house with more defensible space largely intact, while its neighbour is destroyed.

Building a safer tomorrow

How a commitment to risk mitigation can help protect insurers, homeowners and communities from the growth of wildfire. Rising temperatures, prolonged droughts, changing precipitation patterns and regional wind events are turning wildfire ‘seasons’ into a year-round phenomenon. In 2020, more…
Future proofing firefighting with drone technology

The past two years have highlighted the growing pressures on the fire service to protect their personnel and the public. This, alongside increased urbanisation, traffic and natural disasters has meant that the fire service is more aware of the opportunities…

Wagons with chemicals close together on the railway yard Kijfhoek. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

Protecting rail yards with new developments in fire fighting

The ultimate safety for firefighters: distant from the source. Railway yards, or marshalling yards, are a special and unique type of establishment. In railway yards, trains are split, re-assembled or parked pending a new destination. The high numbers of trains,…
Asap Water Rescue Jet Board: a new water and flood rescue tool

Professional Rescue is a training services company very interested in research, always scanning for innovative water rescue equipment. So, when Ross Kemp of Asap Water Crafts Limited, inventor of the Asap Water Rescue Jet Board reached out to us, it…

Emergency lifting with levers – Part 2

Following on from the first part of this feature we will now explore the different types of levers and discuss how they can be used to best effect by rescuers. Types of levers In a traffic accident, depending on how…

Fire Departments stand down on the PFAS front

In Wisconsin, the Kenosha Fire Department stopped using a firefighting foam that contained PFAS chemicals known to contaminate ground water.1 The decision had been made in the fall of 2019. These types of foams are usually used in fighting fuel…

Selecting and using a thermal imaging camera for wildfire – Part 1

For wildfire, the use of a thermal imaging camera (TIC) can have significant benefits. However, like any other item of firefighting equipment it also has limitations and standard practices and procedures must still be followed. Incorrectly interpreting displayed images could…

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…
The use of drones to tackle wildfires and why connectivity is key

Across the globe, destructive wildfires are becoming more common. Of the top 20 largest wildfires in California’s history, six occurred in 2020 alone. In the same year, Australia saw wildfires consume millions of acres of land and destroy billions of…

Uncovering the cause: Fire Forensics investigates Australian house fires

Our team at Fire Forensics are leading experts in fire and explosion investigation in Australia and abroad and have offered our clients thorough and impartial fire investigation services for over 40 years. Our qualified and experienced specialists solve the puzzle…

Dioxins – the most hazardous substance in structure fire environments

Post-structure fire settings, especially those where plastics, synthetic materials, or household products made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) have burned, are where extremely hazardous and carcinogenic chemicals are created. One chemical in particular, dioxin, some consider to be the second most…

Pre-fire planning

Fate favours the prepared. No matter the industry whether military, fire service, or business the difference between success and failure can be a short phone conversation, radio transmission, even seconds to make a decision that may mean life or death…

The power of turbine response systems: watermist for effective cooling and firefighting

Industrial fire brigades are showing increasing interest in turbine firefighting systems: turbines that generate a powerful watermist with very fine water droplets. The technology is already being used successfully by many industrial fire brigades for industrial incident scenarios, such as…

Integration of innovation and technology and USAR coordination in major disasters
The Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Coordination Mechanism introduced by the United Nations International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) is critical for international disaster response, to provide effective and efficient tactical operations to lessen victim mortality.  The INSARAG Coordination…
Developing non-technical skills in emergency response
Training for emergency responders (ERs), specifically technical training, is centred around ensuring responders in the public and private sectors are safe, effective, competent and confident in their response to incidents. But what about skills that aren’t ‘technical’?  After reviewing training…
Emergency lifting with levers – Part 1

In many emergency situations firefighters will need to lift large weights to perform the rescue of injured people. The manoeuvres we use must be done safely, quickly and efficiently since the time we have to release the injured is limited. …

Outthink Wildfire – Part 3
To effectively reduce the threats from wildfire the government must increase resources for vegetative fuel management on public land. For more than a century, the US government has invested heavily in fire suppression infrastructure and workforce to ensure that most…
The Wedge: aggressive goal setting

The most crucial aspect of our work isn’t the finish line – it’s the aim. Goals are often designed with good intentions but poor technique. The Wedge is a free and open-source programme to aggressively enable the fire service with…

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