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.

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.

Armoured Strike Teams

Armoured Strike Teams

Can we apply war-fighting doctrine to fire-fighting operations? Perhaps it is time to offer our 21st Century fire-fighters, similar innovations that offer protection levels appropriate to their threat levels.