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Fire Note 106 investigates teamwork & decision making differences in IMTs
Wed, 03/04/2013
Fire Note 106 investigates the teamwork and decision making differences between familiar (pre-formed) and unfamiliar (ad hoc) incident management teams.
Thu, 28/03/2013
What has happened to date? On 13 February 2013, the Australian Government announced it will contribute up to $47 million over eight years to establish a new Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) from 1 July 2013. The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC will ensure that the valuable work done by the Bushfire CRC can continue while developing a complementary natural hazards research program.
Tue, 19/03/2013
On 13 February 2013, the Prime Minister announced the Federal Government will make a substantial investment in the establishment of a new Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.
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Wed, 27/02/2013
A collaboration between the Bushfire CRC and the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service aims to assist fire agencies learn from a bushfire with a staff ride – a practical learning activity in analysing response to a fire.
Fire Australia Summer 2013 cover
Wed, 13/02/2013
The Summer 2013 edition of Fire Australia is out now, featuring Bushfire CRC research into improving firefighter health and safety on the cover, plus much more.
Fire Note 104 presents examples of social networks
Tue, 05/02/2013
Fire Note 104 presents examples of social networks, aiming to understand the quality and characteristics of a social network that can aid bushfire preparedness.
Financial Review article on Bushfire CRC funding
Fri, 01/02/2013
Many Bushfire CRC experts have been in demand from the media in recent times. View all the articles, radio interviews and TV appearances here.
Firefighter research needs you
Tue, 29/01/2013
A Bushfire CRC collaborative project aims to provide fire agencies around Australia with critical intelligence about how fireground conditions affect firefighters’ ability to work safely and efficiently. The project needs volunteer firefighters to participate in scenario simulations to help with the study.

In the media...

SBS
Mon, 06/01/2014
Responding to Climate Change
Fri, 03/01/2014
The Age
Sat, 28/12/2013
Canberra Times
Sat, 28/12/2013
Canberra Times
Sat, 21/12/2013
ABC 774 Melbourne
Sat, 14/12/2013
Yahoo News
Wed, 04/12/2013
Milton Ulladulla Times
Tue, 03/12/2013
The Weekly Times
Tue, 03/12/2013
insurancenews.com.au
Mon, 02/12/2013
South Coast Register
Fri, 29/11/2013
Sydney Morning Herald
Sun, 13/10/2013
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The Age
Sun, 13/10/2013
Posted: 21 weeks 1 day ago

After 11 years, we are about to enter the last month of your Bushfire CRC. It has been an incredible journey since 2003.

For me, what has stood out the most, notwithstanding the ground breaking research, is the culture change the industry has undertaken throughout this period. At the heart of this has been the close partnership between the Bushfire CRC and AFAC. The...

Posted: 21 weeks 1 day ago

There is only a month left of the Bushfire CRC, but there is plenty of activity going on. The Research to Drive Change series has been launched, with two successful online forums held. Keep your eyes peeled to the...

Nathan Maddock
Communications Officer Bushfire CRC

Media Releases

Tue, 08/04/2008
Australia is at the forefront of research on community bushfire safety and resilience according to a new book. Community Bushfire Safety brings together in one comprehensive volume the results of the most important community safety research being undertaken within the Australian Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre. Using perspectives derived from social science, economics and law, Community Bushfire Safety supports the increasing emphasis on community self-reliance and the vital role it plays in bushfire management.
Fri, 29/02/2008
The mallee and heath landscape of Ngarkat Conservation Park in south-eastern South Australia will be deliberately set alight next week in one of the largest and most comprehensive fire research exercises undertaken in Australia. Bushfire researchers from around Australia have converged on the park for a series of controlled burns under several separate research projects designed to improve fire management in South Australia and nationally.
Tue, 08/01/2008
Advice for people trapped in their cars during a bushfire has been updated with a groundbreaking study into what happens to a vehicle caught in the middle of a firestorm. The research initiated by NSW Rural Fire Service and conducted by Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre with CSIRO scientists, sought to determine the maximum heat load that a vehicle could face while remaining a safe haven for its occupants, both in terms of the air temperature and the air quality inside the vehicle.
Thu, 08/11/2007
Australia and New Zealand’s leading fire and land managers, research bodies and industry partners are meeting in Melbourne today to determine the future needs of fire research in Australia and New Zealand. The Bushfire CRC and the peak industry body, the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC), have begun to focus on the next Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) after the current seven-year term expires in 2010. The two organisations will lead a consortium bidding for new CRC funding to support the fire industry into the next decade.
Fri, 02/11/2007
The findings of Australia’s most extensive study to date of the behaviour of high-intensity bushfires in eucalypt forests – Project Vesta – provides valuable new tools and information for fire managers across Australia.
Mon, 29/10/2007
Emergency service volunteers and their partners or spouses are being asked to comment on how their volunteer community role fits in with their family life. “We know that volunteering as a firefighter or emergency worker puts a unique blend of pressures on volunteers and their families,” said Sean Cowlishaw, a Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre PhD student at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

Recent FireNotes

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Fire Note 132 offers a new way of thinking about bushfire preparedness and its measurement.  The study defines preparedness in terms of three householder goals:  stay...

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Fire Note 131: In October 2013, bushfires swept across parts of New South Wales, leaving a trail of destruction and loss. The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) commissioned the...

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Fire Note 130 features the findings of four research projects on the impact of fire on water quantity and quality, as well as changing carbon stores (above and below the ground)....

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Fire Note 129:  How do you motivate people living with fire risk on their doorstep to safeguard their properties and increase their chance of survival?  This research...

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Fire Note 128: This research provides a broad conceptual framework to understand and progress the principle of shared responsibility in risk and disaster management.

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Fire Note 127: Understanding how a bushfire progresses from ignition to conflagration is essential to planning effective suppression strategies and issuing public warnings...

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Fire Note 126: An alternative approach to evaluating building vulnerability has been developed using a dynamic bushfire simulator. The approach creates sets of fire predictions,...

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Fire Note 125: Addressing the impacts of climate and global change on fire regimes is one of the most important strategic issues confronting bushfire managers in Australia. This...