Melbourne 2013: Annual Conference

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The Bushfire CRC and AFAC Conference is Australasia’s Premier Emergency Management Conference, staged by the industry, for the broader emergency management community.

The 2013 conference was the 10th Bushfire CRC and the 20th AFAC Conference conference, marking a significant milestone for the industry.

The conference theme for 2013 was Shaping Tomorrow Together, reflecting that emergency services will need to work together collaboratively with the community and other partners from the education, health, business and research sectors, and all levels of government, to shape our future.

More details on the program and the week of activities here:

News from the Event

This years conference was the largest yet
The final Bushfire CRC conference, held in conjunction with the AFAC annual conference, was full of highlights in Melbourne last week. Key aspects of the week included the full day Research Forum, as well as both the research utilisation and outstanding contribution awards.
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More than 1700 fire, emergency service, and land management staff will meet with fire researchers at the milestone 20th annual Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and 10th annual Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre next week (2-5 September).
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The 10th and final Bushfire CRC conference is almost upon us. This year the joint event with AFAC is at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 2-5 September.
CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson launched the conference
More than 1400 delegates will come together in Melbourne from 2-5 September to discuss the latest challenges and trends in emergency management at the biggest and most important all hazards conference of its kind in Australasia, the 20th AFAC and 10th Bushfire CRC conference.

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Posted: 10 years 5 months ago

Our annual conference is always a highlight of the year for the Bushfire CRC. Last week, our 10th and final conference was held in Melbourne. From my perspective, it could not have been a better week. Record representation from fire, emergency management and land management agencies...

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Posted: 10 years 5 months ago

The annual conference presents an excellent avenue to promote Bushfire CRC science – not only to industry representatives present, but through the media too. Over the conference week we were run off our feet helping the media communicate bushfire research and the conference on TV, radio, on the web and in the newspaper. Interest is always high, with coverage on the major...

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Research Forum


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Research Posters

Communicating Risk
Author Title
A Cautionary Tale: Why Multiple, Distinctive Approaches Are Necessary When Communicating Bushfire Risk
Are You Ready? Ready For What? – Preparedness In Relation To Intended Response To A Bushfire Threat
Bushfire Investigation: An All-Agencies Integrated Approach
Bushfire Preparedness: The Development And Validation Of A Psychological Preparedness Scale
Community Level Influences On Individual Bushfire Preparedness
Couple’s Decision-Making Processes Involved In The Formulation Of A Long Term Household Bushfire Plan
Determining Effective Wildfire Communication In New Zealand
Disaster In Relation To Attachment, To Community, And To Place: The Marysville Experience
Effective Communication Of Household Bushfire Risk Through Web-Based Geovisualisation
Human Vulnerability And Residential Fire Death Risk Factors In Residential Fire Fatalities For The Mentally Ill And Socially Disadvantaged
Legislation Or Cooperation? Bushfire Governance Structures In Victoria And Greece
Operationalising Warning Fatigue
Place Attachment: A Predictor Of Bushfire Preparedness In Regional Communities
Promoting Community Bushfire Readiness Using A Community Engagement Approach
R.A.R.E Or Well Done: Thinking About How The State Responds To Bushfire
Understanding Community And Preparedness: Building Towards Bushfire Prepared Individuals
Contract Research - Department of Environment and Primary Industries
Author Title
Cardiorespiratory Health Effects Of 2006/2007 Bushfire Smoke In Victoria
Fire Transitions Across Urban Boundaries
Foothills Fire And Biota Project: Providing Biodiversity Inputs For Fire Management Planning
Forecasting Fire Activity In Victoria, Using Antecedent Climate Variables And Enso Indices
Measuring Spatial Variation In Fuel Moisture: From Daily To Seasonal Scales
Probability Of Fire Ignition And Escalation
Smoke Emission And Transport Modelling: An Aide For The Management Of Planned Burns
Smoke Impacts On Community Health And Social Perceptions
Testing The Performance Of Australian Grassland And Forest Fire Spread Models
Using Satellite Imagery And Flux Tower Measurements To Monitor Fuel Moisture Content: 2009 Black Saturday And Other Large Fire Events – Moisture Conditions Project
Economics and Future Scenarios
Author Title
Bushfire Management & Economics – What’s The Connection? “Understanding The Use And Usefulness Of Economic Evaluation In Bushfire Management Decision-Making”
Economic Analysis Of Prescribed Burning For Wildfire Management In The South-West Of Western Australia
Future Scenarios For Australian Bushfires: Providing Insights Into Future Fire Regimes And Their Implications For People, Property And The Environment
Managing the Threat
Author Title
A Task-Based Physical Selection Test Prototype For Tanker-Based Firefighters
Applying Operations Research Methods To Bushfire Management
Beyond Endurance Sustaining Operations: Do Shorter Shifts Mitigate Fatigue Risk?
Can Volunteer Rural Fire-Fighters Accurately Self-Monitor Their Cognitive Performance?
Can Woody Weeds Change Fire Intensity And Behaviour?
Comparing Performance During Split Consolidated Sleep / Wake Schedules
Effects Of Long-Term Repeated Prescribed Fire On Litter And Soil Carbon And Nitrogen In A Mixed Eucalypt Forest
Emergency Management Liaison Officers (EMLO): How Do They Do It?
Fighting Fires While Fighting Fatigue How Do Firefighters Sleep During Wildfire Suppression?
Fire In The Landscape
Fire Weather Associated With A Foehn Event In The South Island, New Zealand
Fires And Hydrology Of South-East Australian Mixed Species Forests
Forest Carbon Balance And Emission Management
Greenhouse gas emissions from fire and their environmental effects
Idealised Numerical Modelling Of Bushfire Plumes And Their Potential For Firebrand Lofting
Identifying and resolving breakdowns at the regional management level
Influence Of Organisational Features In The Perceived Performance Of Emergency Management Organisations
Is Charcoal Immortal? Microbial Decomposition Of Black Carbon Produced From Forest Fires
Large-Eddy Simulations Of Bushfire Plumes In The Turbulent Atmospheric Boundary Layer
Modelling The Assignment Of Resources During Large Wildfires To Protect Assets
Multi - Agency Emergency Management And Coordination Above The Incident Management Team
Particle emissions from bushfires extending into the rural-urban interface
Recovery Of Cognitive Function Following Simulated Split Sleep Schedules
Sleep Deprivation & Stress Responses: Could Emergency Work Have A Negative Impact On Your Health?
Sleep Inertia In Sustained Operations
Sleeping On The Fireground
Soil Carbon And Water Repellency Response Post-Wildfire
Spotfire Initiation By Firebrands
The Effect Of Extreme Heat On The Performance Of A Simulated Firefighting Task
The Exposure of Emergency Service Personnel to Asbestos
There’s Something In The Air: The Effect Of Bushfire Smoke On Plants
Using Landscape Aridity To Assess Potential Risk Of Extreme Post-Fire Erosion Events
Vertical Fire Transitions And Propagation Mechanisms In Eucalypt Forests
Wattle-It-Be? Key Factors Influencing Regeneration Of Acacia After Bushfire
What Is A Coupled Fire-Atmosphere Model? … And Why Are Coupled Models So Great?
Understanding Risk
Author Title
3D Ray Tracing For Modelling Bushfire House Exposure Fire Impact & Risk Evaluation from case studies- FIRE-DST
A ‘Responsibility To Place’ – Firefighter Deployment, Local Knowledge And Risk
Activity Modelling For Risk Assessment And EM Applications Focusing On Peri-Urban Regions
Bushfire Aware Planning: Preliminary Focus Group Results From Four Jurisdictions
Catastrophic Risk Insurance In Australia…With The G20 Australian Presidency In 2014 Now Is Our Chance To Shine
Co-Existing With Fire: Managing Risk And Amenity At The Rural-Urban Interface
Diverse Values, Shared Vision? Changing Human / Fire / Land Relationships In New South Wales
Exploring the spatial, temporal and localised context of bushfire fatalities and house loss in Australia
Extreme Value Analysis In Determining Annual Probability Of Exceedance For Bushfire Protection
FIREDST: Building Community Resilience By Simulating The Uncertainty In Bushfires.
How Big Is The Bushfire Smoke Problem? Emission To Impact
How Do Residents in Bushfire Prone Areas View the Risk of their Homes?
Mainstreaming Fire And Emergency Management: Law And Policy Learning
Modelling The Fire Weather Of The Coonabarabran Fire Of 13 January 2013
Relating Vertical Wind Profiles To Vegetation Structure For Fire Behaviour Prediction
Volunteer Rural Fire Brigades: The Meat In The Sandwich. A Study Of The Rural Fire Service In The Monaro Region Of South-East New South Wales
What Is Shared Responsibility And How Do We Do It?