Testing and capabilities

FRNSW is one of a few fire services in the world with a dedicated Fire Research Team and fire testing capability. Our Fire Research Program is augmented by a dedicated, purpose-built Fire Testing and Research Facility in Londonderry, NSW with flexible test structures, state-of-the-art data acquisition systems, sensors, and equipment. Our research team has a unique capability to design and conduct robust testing programs to enable a better understanding of fire behaviour and fire safety systems.

Testing location

Fire and Rescue NSW Fire Testing and Research Facility in Londonderry, NSW (Western Sydney)


  • Experience in experimental design and data analysis
  • Test facilities, including the CSIRO-built Destructive Battery Testing Facility, ISO 9705 room and various structures
  • Firefighting and HAZMAT equipment and capability
  • Fire testing equipment, including a 250+ channel NI data acquisition system
  • Over 100 probe-type and surface-type thermocouples
  • Heat flux sensors
  • Load cells and platforms
  • Optical sensors
  • Fire detection control and indicating equipment
  • Flow meters
  • Weather stations
  • High resolution thermal imaging equipment
  • High resolution video cameras and 3D camera
  • 3 Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) gas analysers
  • Portable Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer (GCMS)