Change is the new normalcy – AFAC19 in full swing in Melbourne

AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is the biggest-ever edition of the event. This is due in part to the first-time inclusion of the national conference of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) in the AFAC program, which also includes the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference. The high-calibre Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum will once again cover all the latest research findings on natural catastrophes and resilience, while a German group


Australian fire testing laboratory achieves NATA accreditation

Exova Warringtonfire Aus Pty Limited has received additional accreditation from the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), the national accreditation body for Australia, to perform a broad scope of fire testing. Exova Warringtonfire is part of the Exova Group, which was recently acquired by Element Materials Technology (Element) to create one, world-class global testing services partner. The Melbourne laboratory has been accredited by NATA for many years but following a

Fire at old munitions factory in Maribyrnong, Australia contained

Firefighters successfully managed to bring a notable blaze at an old munitions factory site in Melbourne’s inner west under control on the 28th February. Just before 13:00 in Australia, the fire managed to break out in the grasslands on Cordite Avenue, and subsequently spread at a rapid pace to the point it engulfed three warehouse buildings. From the distance, thick black smoke was seen billowing above the factory site. Just

Remote South Australia and Northern Territory attacked by gigantic outback fire

Remote parts of South Australia and the Northern Territory are on the receiving end of a colossal bushfire, which has ripped through an area larger than some countries, however it appears minimal people have noticed. On the 8th February, the fire ignited near Ernabella in SA’s APY Lands, and has now gone through around 125,000 hectares – or 1,250 square kilometres – of scrub and pastoral land. To put that

Dunedin, New Zealand suburb evacuated overnight following spread of rampant fire

Over 100 homes had to be evacuated in Dunedin, New Zealand, after a massive fire caused widespread destruction, ripping through buildings and a timber yard with 2000 tonnes of dry logs. Late on the 31st of January, the Fire and Emergency services claimed that the fire was contained on three sides, however, a unconfined flank was mainly vegetation and hard to access. Phil Marsh, the incident controller, said that fire

Bushfire rips through parts of South Australia, with New South Wales being put on high alert

South Australia’s south-east region has been bulldozed by a bushfire which has seen a host of homes and other buildings be left destroyed, with New South Wales being left on high alert for any blazes, while the current threat in Victoria is easing.​ Conditions have improved recently, but despite that, an out-of-control blaze threatened several homes near Benalla in northern Victoria on the 7th January, with residents being told to leave immediately.  There

New Commissioner at the ​West Australia Fire Service

West Australia’s new fire and emergency services chief, Darren Klemm, is very confident that he can work with both the volunteer associations and the union on the controversial rural fire service plan, and take the decision to implement whatever model that the state government opts for. The former firefighter – who has been assistant commissioner – is set to replace Wayne Gregson as the head of the agency, but Klemm

Australia’s emergency managers collaborate to break exhibition record​

Australia’s leading emergency management conference and expo, AFAC17 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, attracted a record attendance of more than 3,200 visitors to Sydney to discuss the latest in research, learning and practices in collaborative management and natural hazard responses, last week at the International Convention Centre Sydney. AFAC’s successful partnership with Deutsche Messe, organisers of the world renowned emergency management trade fair INTERSCHUTZ, brought the exhibition to Sydney for the first


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