Hydrocarbons are responsible for a wide variety of ailments in the human population. While they aren’t the most toxic chemical at our disposal, their prevalence in our cities, and our considerable amounts of exposure to them, means they are a force to be reckoned with.
Urban Search and Rescue in Perth is primarily concerned with searching for victims of housing collapses. These can be the result of a number of different causes: some of the most common are landslides and avalanches, flooding, fires, and earthquakes. It is among the most specialised areas of search and rescue.
As the heat and the dry of the summer begins to take hold in Western Australia, the pace of life broadly begins to slow down. It is difficult to find the energy to rush when the mercury climbs above 40, and the search for a cool spot often leads us indoors.
The remarkable size of the Australian continent, coupled with the lack of transport options, bred some of the world’s first, and finest, bush pilots. The only method of reaching the far-flung properties and farms in a reasonable amount of time, in the case of injury or disaster, was to come by air. Some of the tales from these pioneering airmen defy belief.
Clearly, the best solution to marine oil spills is prevention. Starting at the source means responsible well creation, tanker maintenance, and constant vigilance during transfers, among many others, as the scale of the problem then is somewhat manageable. With that said, there are times when failsafes have failed, and cleanup is our only option.