State and territory fire and emergency services agencies have spent a lot of time, effort, and money on research over the last decade to improve their capabilities, capacity, skills, and readiness to fight urban and rural fires.
They have learned from world leaders, such as Singapore Civil Defence Force, and supported research organisations to investigate the best technologies and methods to protect the Australian community.
Initiatives such as the use of drones, artificial intelligence, and the new National Large Air Tanker are helping brigades to think laterally about what they can use and how they can better share resources.
But is there support for innovation on the front lines? What new approaches are needed? And how can industry and emergency services work together to deliver better, more targeted innovations to protect the community of fire?