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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.
A James Cook University study investigating Sudanese refugees and their knowledge of fire safety has won a Safer Communities Award from Emergency Management Australia (EMA). “The Sudanese Refugees and Fire Hazard Study”, a collaboration between Bushfire CRC researchers at JCU and the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, was conducted in Toowoomba, which is home to about 800 Sudanese refugees.
Bushfires are only one focus of a new book out of the Centre for Disaster Studies at James Cook University in Townsville.
For vegetation fires, what activities does a volunteer tanker-based firefighter do in an average day’s work? A question that is the focus of the study being undertaken by Bushfire CRC researchers Dr Brad Aisbett and PhD student Matthew Phillips from Deakin University, assisted by the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS), Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Forestry Tasmania.
Above normal bushfire potential is predicted for much of Australia over the coming months, according to the first national assessment from climatologists, meteorologists and fire agency staff.
Eucalypts are arguably the defining feature of Australia’s flora. There are more than 800 species of eucalypts and their range in Australia extends from sub-alpine areas, through wet and dry coastal forests, to temperate woodlands and the arid inland. There are only about 12 species of eucalypt that occur naturally outside Australia, and only two species are not found in Australia.
The mysteries of climate change are being explored across the high plains and mountain forests of Australia through a study trying to unravel the complex interaction among water yield, fire, drought and long term changes in climate.
Many wildland firefighter deaths and injuries in Australia and overseas have resulted from firefighters being surprised and overtaken by a fast-moving fire - both on foot and in vehicles, in both grass and forest environments.

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In the media...

Asa Wahlquist, The Australian
Tue, 10/02/2009
Lindsey Arkley, Contributor
Tue, 10/02/2009
Debra Jopson and David Rood
Tue, 10/02/2009
Science Online's Dani Cooper
Tue, 10/02/2009
Patrick Barta and Rachel Pannett
Tue, 10/02/2009
Jonathan Pearlman
Mon, 09/02/2009
Ben Eltham
Mon, 09/02/2009
A question of balance
Thu, 29/01/2009
The Age
Thu, 29/01/2009
The Australian
Tue, 02/09/2008
Los Angeles Times
Fri, 01/08/2008
The Australian
Wed, 20/02/2008
Courier Mail
Wed, 09/01/2008

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Posted: 6 years 3 days 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: 6 years 3 days 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...

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