Some of us learn most effectively by being told, some by watching a demonstration, and some by actually trying to master the task first hand. For most people though it is a combination of all three, and that is one of the guiding principles behind Airservices' new Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) training facility at Melbourne Airport in Australia.
Ensuring the safety of guests is a fundamental requirement for all hotel operators. Apart from the obvious threat to the lives of hotel guests and staff, fire can cause damage that risks the brand values of the hotel and destruction of the building caused by even the smallest fire. The harm to the hotel's reputation might be even greater and take longer to repair.
I have, for many years, had concerns with seeing the chief fire officer or one of his deputies, in full firefighting gear, on television news at the scene of a fire. I also know that if the most senior officers are in attendance, there will be three or four other senior people in attendance as well. Let us think about this and I generalise because there are many variations on this theme. However, they all come to the same point - do we not trust our field officers to do their job?
Forecasted population growth in rural/urban interface areas will expose more residents and homes to an increased bushfire risk. As a result, fighting bushfires at the rural/urban interface is likely to become more frequent, but currently little is known about the air toxins emitted and exposure concentrations inhaled by firefighters and residents.
Total room flooding systems are now in widespread use around the world protecting a variety of mission-critical installations - particularly computer suites and communications centres - from the ravages of fire. They are also to be found safeguarding document archives and irreplaceable heritage, artistic and historic artefacts in galleries and museums. However, the development of delivery system designs has not kept pace with the introduction of the latest clean agent suppression agents.