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Largest Fire for Years in Melbourne Causes Toxic Smoke Flume and Water Run Off Last Thursday

One of Melbourne’s largest fires in years continues to burn in the city’s west, closing schools and childcare centres as well as prompting health warnings from the toxic smoke. The Melbourne, Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) said the Tottenham fire began…

Early Fire Season a Worry for Australian Firefighters

Aug 20th, Australia is still in winter, however, a long dry spell which has seen most of the east coast of Australia in drought has made for an early start to the fire season, the state of New South Wales…

Nine People Killed and Fifteen Injured in Taiwan Hospital Fire

Last Monday (Aug 13) nine people died and were 15 injured when a fire broke out in a government-run Ministry of Health and Welfare Taipei Hospital in New Taipei City. The fire started on the seventh floor of the Taipei…

Nine rescue workers killed in helicopter crash last Friday

All nine people aboard a rescue helicopter which crashed in a mountainous area in central Japan during a training flight have been confirmed dead. The Bell 412 helicopter carrying seven local rescue workers from the Gunma prefecture and two from…

Fireworks explosion kills 22 in Mexico

An explosion in a fireworks factory in a northern suburb of Mexico has killed 19 people. The fatalities included four firefighters and two police officers who were attending the scene. The explosion occurred on Friday the 6th in the suburb of Tultepec. The…

Thai Rescue Effort Success – all 12 Children and their Adult Supervisor Found Alive

This is a positive follow up to the story of the Thai Youth Football team who have been missing in a cave system for over a week. An official from the Government in Thailand has announced that all 13 that…

Insults aimed at dead firefighters lead to prosecutions in China

Two men in China’s Jiangsu province have insulted the name of a firefighter that died in the line of duty. The 21-year-old firefighter, Xie Yong, fell to his death on May 12 from the 18th floor of a residential building…

Memorial wall recognises 505 Australian and New Zealand fire and emergency service personnel

The Hon. Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security formally opened the National Emergency Service Memorial Wall in Canberra on Tuesday 1 May 2018, at the National Memorial Service for fire and emergency service personnel. The new…

64 Left Up in the Air as Roller Coaster Comes to a Stop in Japan

Sixty-four terrified passengers were left hanging 30 metres in the air, face down for up to two hours after a roller coaster made an emergency stop at Universal Studios Japan last Tuesday (3rd May)  at around 4.45 pm The amusement park said…

Firefighters called to hot air balloon crash in South Korea

The pilot of a hot air balloon was killed, and 12 tourists injured on Thursday 12 April after it crashed on an island in South Korea. The aircraft, which took off at about 7:40 a.m. local time (2240 GMT Wednesday) from an…

Late-season fires on the outskirts of Sydney

A massive bushfire has affected properties in Sydney’s south-west, New South Wales. The fire has burnt over 2,430 hectares around the townships Holsworthy and Menai. More than 500 firefighters in almost 100 fire trucks, along with 15 aircraft, have battled…

Thirteen killed and 27 injured in Vietnam apartment block fire

A fire in the Ho Chi Minh City, Carina Plaza apartment block killed 13 people in the early hours of Friday (Mar 23), said state media and a fire department official. The building in the city economic hub was a six-year-old…

Hundreds rescued after Langkawi cable car disruption

Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast. Surrounded by turquoise sea, the interior of the main island is a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. One of Langkawi’s main tourist attractions, the Langkawi…

Oil tanker sinks after burning for 8 days.

All the crew on the oil tanker that burst into flames after a collision with a Chinese cargo ship have been lost. The Sanchi, carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, had been burning since colliding with the CF…

New South Wales hit by hot weather and 35 fires

On Tuesday 22 January there were 35 wildfires active in NSW Australia alone. Many of these incidents are currently small but all having the potential to develop if not contained. This fire season is living up to its normal timetable,…

Fire closes Australia’s Newcastle airport for two days as 200 firefighters work to gain control

Newcastle airport is one of Australia’s largest regional airports situated 200 Km north of Sydney. A wildfire started on Saturday and the efforts of Firefighters kept the fire contained. Unfortunately, strong winds built and did not let up on Sunday making…

Two volcanos in Papua New Guinea threaten villages as government orders evacuation

Papua New Guinea authorities have ordered the evacuation of some 5,000 people from Biem Island and surrounding islands, amid fears of a volcanic eruption, as the country’s Prime Minister directed national resources to neighbouring Kadovar island. The Prime Minister’s office…

Australia’s southeast will experience ‘catastrophic’ bushfire conditions, among other problems, with temperatures at the weekend expected to climb above 45C

NSW Rural Fire Service is warning residents to prepare for potential bushfires. Lifesavers and lifeguards are out in force with an expected rush to the beaches and hospitals are preparing for a significant increase in heat stress patents at emergency…

Massive abattoirs fire in the town of Murray Bridge, South Australia caused accidentally

As reported last week, the provincial town of Murray Bridge suffered a major fire at one of its largest employers when a fire destroyed a large part of the factory. The investigation has determined that the fire was started during…

Fire destroys 10 houseboats, on the Murray river in the twin city of Echuca-Moama

Australian holidaymakers and their insurers are counting the cost of a spectacular fire that destroyed 10 houseboats on the Murray River at Echuca-Moama on Thursday the 12th Dec. The damage bill is expected to be several million dollars. The fire…

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