Occupational health and safety and surge capacity


Each year, Australia is threatened by bushfire.  Firefighters safeguard the nation from the ravages of bushfire. The prospect of more frequent and longer fires impacting people, properties and the bush, places an ever-increasing demand on the capacity of fire agencies to perform this vital protective role.  Preserving firefighter health and safety is a national priority.

This project comprises three distinct but inter-related research projects aimed at maximising the capacity of our fire agencies to respond to the bushfire threat whilst preserving the health and safety of their personnel.

In this short video Lead End User Robyn Pearce explains how the projects fit together:

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Dr Brad Aisbett
Stakeholder Council / Project Leader

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Projects in this group

This research is quantifying the likely toxic emissions from structures burning in the rural-urban interface and predict exposure levels.

Population shifts towards city centres and the expanding rural-urban fringe are likely to increase fire fighting in urban and rural-urban settings. At present,...

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This research is simulating long work shifts to look at the effects of heat, sleep disruption and smoke in...

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This research is exploring whether shorter work-rest cycles can delay or limit acute physical exhaustion or acute mental fatigue, particularly in extended operations.

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