Firefighters are ringing the alarm about underfunding that’s potentially putting lives at risk. But can industrial law resolve those deeper issues?
With extreme weather events becoming more common, the fire and rescue service will need to change its approach.
In a new randomised clinical trial, we found regularly donating blood or plasma can reduce blood PFAS levels.
To stay healthy, it’s important to understand how wildfire smoke can harm your body and how to protect yourself.
Firefighters are hailed as heroes and pillars of strength, bravery and courage. But the daily stressors and traumas of their jobs take a heavy emotional toll that largely goes unnoticed by the public.
My research focuses on how to support children with a parent who must travel afar for work. Strategies that boost understanding and maintain connection with the absent parent build resilience.
I entered firefighter school at 23 and thought I was hard enough to withstand anything thrown at me. Fourteen years later, I can say firefighters are not indestructible.
Emergency service workers already have poorer mental health than the rest of us. In the wake of this bushfire crisis, we need to make the well-being of our first responders a top priority.
Relatively little has changed since the Black Saturday tragedy. It is as though Australia suffers amnesia when it comes to bushfire preparedness.
In commemorating firefighters as heroes, we can fall into the danger of overstating their ability to control fires, absolving ourselves of responsibility.
Farmers seeking relief from the drought and firefighters stretched to their limits have turned to crowdfunding for help. But public appeal shouldn’t replace good governance.
Emergency Leaders for Climate Action have a simple message: we’re in “a new age of unprecedented bushfire danger” due to climate change. But Morrison refuses to acknowledge it as a central issue.
Emergency responders and military personnel need to think creatively – even imaginatively – to save lives under pressure. Analyzing the Grenfell Tower Fire in London reveals useful lessons.
A sociologist spent time as a volunteer firefighter – and learned more about how institutional culture can shape a person’s behavior.
Victoria’s Country Fire Authority was founded in the aftermath of a previous bushfire tragedy – the 1939 Black Friday blazes. But its creation was a bigger political saga than many people realise.
Wildland firefighting has always been a risky job, but development in fire-prone areas is making it more dangerous by putting forest firefighters in situations they are not equipped or trained for.
The 10,300 women serving in fire departments across the US face ill-fitting gear, hostility and sexism. But in the end, they say, people “don’t care you’re a woman when their house is on fire.‘
The UK’s blue light services need to adapt and modernise or they will face their own emergency.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ firefighter reforms have much to recommend them, but there are still many hurdles to jump before they are peacefully implemented.
A new training course designed to help volunteers feel like a key part of the team could help to reduce attrition rates among Australia’s estimated 240,000 volunteer emergency service workers.