The Urbanist

Elements: fire

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14 February 2019

Episode 383

30 minutes


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We wrap up our four-part series on elements with a look at fires and the efforts around the world to control them.

14 February 2019

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Chapter 1

6 minutes


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Chapter 1

Canberra: bushfires

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In 2003 Canberra suffered devastating bushfires and is still deeply affected by what happened. The city fought back and now has an extensive firefighting capability.

6 minutes

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Chapter 2

8 minutes


Photo: Jim Watson

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Chapter 2

New York: firefighters

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Firefighters and New York City are inexorably linked. Many were the first responders of 9/11 – and are far from forgotten.

8 minutes

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Chapter 3

4 minutes


Photo: Felix Briggermann

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Chapter 3

South Tyrol: volunteers

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In South Tyrol volunteer firefighting, which covers more than 100 villages in the province, is part of its citizens culture and tradition.

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Chapter 4

7 minutes


Photo: Clara Angeleas MinC

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Chapter 4

Brazil: urban fires

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Recent years have seen an increase in urban fires in Brazil in every type of venue, from nightclubs to the National Museum. What needs to change?

7 minutes

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