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Finding the key to better teamwork
Issue No: 18
This project is exploring information flow and collaborative work practices across the Incident Command System (ICS), particularly in multi-agency operations.
Research at the fire ground
Issue No: 17
Bushfire CRC researchers have been conspicuous at many fires in south-eastern Australia in recent days.
A model way to manage bushfires
Issue No: 16
A Bushfire CRC project is developing a bushfire risk management model that incorporates a simulation model capable of showing the spread of fire across the landscape under different weather and fire suppression scenarios.
A legal look at stay and defend or go early
Issue No: 15
This project aims to analyze and clarify the legal risks faced by fire managers. The main focus has been the legal risks and issues connected with the “Stay and Defend or Go Early” approach and an initial examination of these issues has been completed. With eight state and federal jurisdictions in Australia plus the laws in New Zealand to consider, the situation is not straightforward.
An investigation into Bushfire Arson
Issue No: 14
Bushfires can be started by a range of causes. Some are natural, some accidental and some are deliberately lit for malicious reasons.
Bushfires and the media
Issue No: 13
The bushfires in Victoria’s Grampians district last summer revealed that the mass media, and in particular radio, are now central to the core practice of preparing for and fighting bushfires in Australia
Dealing with extreme bushfires
Issue No: 12
In recent years, a few extraordinary wildfires in the United States have required an enormous suppression response, but nonetheless, resulted in unprecedented loss and threats to private property and natural resources. These are called mega-fires.
Fighting bushfires from the air
Issue No: 11
Considerable attention has been given to suppressing bushfires with aerial fire bombing in recent years. The public has strongly identified aerial programs with successful bushfire suppression but public policy makers and fire agencies have been keen to more fully understand the costs and the effectiveness of using aircraft for firefighting operations.
Fire ground health and safety
Issue No: 10
The many factors that contribute to the health and safety of Australian and New Zealand firefighters during tanker based bushfire suppression are being investigated by this Bushfire CRC research project.
Fuels and fire in the high country
Issue No: 9
HighFire is a Bushfire CRC project funded by the Australian Government in the aftermath of the 2003 alpine fires that swept across Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT. HighFire is now conducting high quality research on issues relating to fuels and fire management in the high country.
Tanks on trial for home defence
Issue No: 8
Different types of rainwater tanks can play an important role in defending the home against a bushfire attack. A Bushfire CRC and CSIRO research project examining the performance of rainwater tanks was conducted at the only bushfire simulator of this type in the world; at the New South Wales Rural Fire Service experimental research facility at Mogo on the south coast of New South Wales.
Focus on fire spread simulators
Issue No: 7
Developing the tools to predict the spread and direction of a bushfire has become the focus of Bushfire CRC researchers combining the best of Australian and New Zealand experience, with valuable input from international colleagues.