The ebook is available now for free
The Bushfire CRC has produced an ebook for parents on how to talk to children about bushfire preparation and safety.
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Better management of emergency incidents can reduce any adverse consequences on communities. This Fire Note discusses research into multi-agency emergency management at regional and state levels to improve incident management.
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Resident experiences of the three most challenging bushfires from January 2013 in NSW have been analysed by the Bushfire CRC.
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Are shorter, more frequent shifts for firefighters and incident managers a better alternative to regular day and night shift rosters that are currently used by fire and land management agencies in Australia?
Exciting new features for Fire Notes
If you have noticed that Fire Notes now look a bit different, you would be correct. To assist you to organise, share and act, Fire Notes now have new features. These features will be included in all future editions, beginning with Fire Note 121.
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The formal proceedings of the Research Forum, held as part of the 2013 Bushfire CRC and AFAC Conference in Melbourne are now available.
Place mapping can help agencies & communities discuss fire risk
Fire Note 121 describes a pilot research project that applied the process of ‘place mapping’, a new approach for fire and land management agencies, to gain a better understanding of how communities in rural/urban areas perceive native vegetation in the context of their landscape.
Understanding why people do or don't respond to warnings
This completed PhD research examined the role that warning fatigue plays in the risk perceptions, warning response and decision-making processes of people living in bushfire-prone areas. The study showed that warning fatigue reduced attention to bushfire warnings, changing the way those surveyed thought about their bushfire risk and affecting their response to warnings.

The Research

UNDERSTANDING RISK

This program seeks to understand the underlying risk exposure of the community and the things it values. It will provide a better framework to understand how the risk is manifested and how communities respond, prepare and mitigate the risk in the context of their broader societal frameworks.

COMMUNICATIONG RISKnicating risk

This program focuses on the communication of risk and threat: how are warnings and information best communicated, which communications media should be used, and how does community education fit in to this picture?

MANAGING THE THREAT

This program addresses the scenario where the risk has translated into a direct threat. This particularly considers extreme events such as Black Saturday, 7 February 2009 in Victoria; these events are irregular and are not as well understood as more routine occurrences.