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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.
Fears and myths in fire law
Tue, 29/01/2013
Since the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, litigation due to damage caused by bushfires has come into the spotlight. But just how common is bushfire litigation? A Bushfire CRC researcher has delved into the legal archives and produced a valuable resource.
Fire Note 103 explains the importance of urban and regional planning
Thu, 17/01/2013
Fire Note 103 explains the importance of urban and regional planning in managing bushfire risk.
Fire Note 102 explains the importance of a knowledge management system
Tue, 15/01/2013
Fire Note 102 explains the importance of a knowledge management system for the development of bushfire communication products. It shows the potential benefits of such a system for fire agencies, and outlines how the creation of a knowledge management system supports the Effective Communication: Communities and Bushfire project and broader bushfire research.
A Bushfire CRC research task force has been deployed to Tasmania
Mon, 14/01/2013
Up to 20 of Australia’s leading bushfire researchers will today begin investigating areas of national significance from the bushfires in Tasmania’s south east.
Wed, 09/01/2013
Australia is going through a severe heatwave at the moment. So severe that the Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has added two new colours to their temperature scale for forecasts.

In the media...

Newcastle Star
Mon, 30/09/2013
The Guardian
Fri, 27/09/2013
The Young Witness
Fri, 27/09/2013
Fri, 27/09/2013
Asia Pacifc Fire
Mon, 23/09/2013
Fri, 20/09/2013
ABC 612 Brisbane
Thu, 19/09/2013
ABC 612 Brisbane
Thu, 19/09/2013
Wyndham Weekly
Wed, 18/09/2013
Melton and Moorabool Weekly
Wed, 18/09/2013
ABC 720 Perth
Tue, 17/09/2013
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The Age
Sat, 14/09/2013
The Standard
Sat, 14/09/2013
Green Left Weekly
Sat, 14/09/2013
Posted: 22 hours 30 min ago

The Bushfire CRC has been about learning and sharing, and this applies not just to research and science, but experiences too. Continuing the international collaborations established over the last decade is a visit in early May by American and French fire and risk managers.

Tom Harbour, US Forest Service National Director of Fire and Aviation Management, and Jean-...

Posted: 22 hours 42 min ago

Long after our doors have shut, the Bushfire CRC will have a suite of legacy materials accessible to all our partners and the wider public.

We want the research to drive change and to instigate thinking about utilisation, as this is the research our partners around Australia and in New Zealand have invested in. Our final forums are for everyone, including agency...

Nathan Maddock
Communications Officer Bushfire CRC

Media Releases

Tue, 26/05/2009
Are our volunteer firefighters fit enough? This is one of the questions to be addressed at the Pathfinders: the Innovators Conference in Canberra this week (May 26–28). Eight early career scientists have been selected to present their research results at the conference, organised by the Cooperative Research Centres Association.
Wed, 06/05/2009
The manager of Great Southern Limited’s Gippsland plantation estate, Brendan Pippen, has been seconded to a specialist body which is investigating the devastating recent Victorian bushfires.
Mon, 02/02/2009
The Bushfire CRC is accepting donations to further its research program – the centre is on the Register of Environmental Organisations with the Australian Government’s Department of Environment, Water Heritage and the Arts. Donations to the Bushfire Research Fund are tax deductible.
Mon, 12/01/2009
Australia’s peak fire management and research organizations are calling for ongoing support for scientific research to deal with the bushfire threat to our communities. Tomorrow marks the 70th anniversary of Black Friday, Victoria’s highest fatality bushfire events. From December 1938 to January 1939, fires burnt around two million hectares, causing 71 fatalities and destroying more than 650 buildings. The fire severity peaked on Friday January 13 - Black Friday.
Wed, 10/12/2008
Key research findings into understanding the health and wellbeing of firefighters will be presented to the Department for Environment and Heritage (DEH) on Thursday 11 December. According to Deakin University PhD candidate Jenni Raines, who is conducting her research in conjunction with the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre, bushfire fighting is unmistakably a hazardous occupation.
Mon, 27/10/2008
The events of the 2006/07 Great Divide Fires will be remembered on Tuesday 28 October when "Wildfire in the High Country" is launched. "Wildfire in the High Country" is a collection of reports, stories, letters, poems, art works and photographs from the fires compiled by the Mansfield Writers’ Group.

Recent FireNotes

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Fire Note 122: 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...

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Fire Note 121: This pilot research project applied the process of ‘place mapping’, a new approach for fire and land management agencies, to gain a better understanding...

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Fire Note 120: This research is investigating whether shorter, more frequent shifts are a better alternative to regular day and night shift rosters that are currently used by fire...

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Fire Note 119: January 2013 saw NSW areas around Yass, Shoalhaven and Coonabarabran impacted by large fires. At the request of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, the Bushfire...

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Fire Note 118: Better management of emergency incidents can reduce any adverse consequences on communities. This Fire Note discusses research into multi-agency emergency...

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Fire Note 117: The research findings presented in this Fire Note explain that different psychological processes between individuals drives their decision making....

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Fire Note 116: Large areas of southern Australia, especially along the east and west coasts extending inland, face above normal fire potential for the 2013-2014 fire season,...

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Fire Note 115: This Fire Note outlines a study on the amount of water needed as forests recover after fire. Research shows that after three years mixed species...