Pyro-terrorism Rising

Pyro-terrorism Rising

A Jeep Cherokee loaded with petrol cans and propane gas tanks driven into the doors at Glasgow passenger terminal in 2007. Image courtesy of the BBC


Almost 12 years ago a terrorist attack at Glasgow Airport, designed to kill hundreds of holidaymakers, was foiled.
It was the first time that Scotland had been targeted by a pyro-terrorist attack.

The two terrorists had previously planned two attacks in London, using two cars, packed with gas cylinders , petrol and thousands of nails. After these attacks failed, the two terrorists then decided to launch a suicide attack on Glasgow airport.

A New Paradigm in Wildfire Combat

A New Paradigm in Wildfire Combat

Over the past 10 years, Australia, Canada and now the US are experiencing their worst wildfires in recorded history. Despite having access to state-of-the art technology, the civil, political and military leadership in each country failed to analyse, adapt and evolve to the increasing drought, wildfire and pyro-terrorism threat.


It is time to deploy better life-saving equipment to reduce deaths and injuries. Widespread destruction of our native fauna and flora are not in our environmental or national interests.
Failure to invest in new strategies and equipment will trash our national treasuries and ‘burn’ all funding for vital social and infrastructure projects.

How the Hazelwood Coal Mine Fire May Shutdown Victoria

How the Hazelwood Coal Mine Fire May Shutdown Victoria

Following the Victorian 2009 Black Saturday Bushfire catastrophe, various recommendations were made by the Royal Commission to mitigate the effects of future bushfire events.

Unfortunately, very few of the recommendations have been applied.

In the 2013 – 2014 bushfire season, severe bushfires broke out all across Australia, including WA, NT, QLD, NSW and VIC.

This intelligence estimate focusses upon the recent Hazelwood Coal Mine fire near Morwell, Victoria. This facility is a Vital Asset.

Fighting bushfires in Australia Pt 4: Lessons from the Middle East

Fighting bushfires in Australia Pt 4: Lessons from the Middle East

Many Australians still believe that we live in the Clever Country. Despite living in the driest continent, we are still not using even these most basic constructions to water our own country. Meanwhile, ancient Middle Eastern peoples adapted and embraced new technologies that provide a super-abundance of water. Today they thrive as economic powerhouses – nations like the United Arab Emirates [UAE].

Fighting Bush Fires in Australia Pt 3: Building a Safer Bush Fire Future

Fighting Bush Fires in Australia Pt 3: Building a Safer Bush Fire Future

With hundreds of firefighters battling devastating blazes in Perth and dozens of houses being razed, Captain Graham Bates looks at how community fire refuges and better house design can save lives during bushfires.

Fighting Bushfires in Australia Pt 2: Lessons from Remembrance Day

Fighting Bushfires in Australia Pt 2: Lessons from Remembrance Day

Australia must learn from the Diggers and treat firefighting like war, says Captain Graham Bates, where modern state-of-the-art equipment and up-to-date tactics enable rapid responses to every threat.

Fighting Bushfires in Australia Pt 1: Lessons from 1918

Fighting Bushfires in Australia Pt 1: Lessons from 1918

Bushfires are causing Australia unsustainable losses in lives and assets, much of it preventable if our fire brigades had the best equipment. Captain Graham Bates has a plan.