Shan Raffel has served as a career firefighter in Brisbane Australia since 1983. After the death of two colleagues in 1994, and the serious injury of two others from the effects of extreme fire behaviour in 1996, he submitted a proposal for an intensive international study of compartment fire behavior training (CFBT). This was successful and in 1997 he was sent to the United Kingdom and Sweden for 6 weeks to study the most advanced teaching methods and training facilities. On his return he developed the first nationally recognized training program in Australia and has since assisted numerous fire services in Australia and internationally with the development of their training facilities and teaching materials. In 2009 he was awarded a “Churchill Fellowship” to research “Planning Preparation and Response to Emergencies in Tunnels” which led to intensive study over a period of 10 weeks in the USA (FDNY), Canada, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Switzerland. He used this knowledge to develop the construction and operational phase emergency response plans for the 3 largest road tunnels in Australia. He has presented at numerous international conferences, contributes regularly to fire journals and co-authored 3D Fire Fighting which was published in 2005 by Fire Protection Publications (Oklahoma State University).