How bushfire fighters think about worst-case scenarios

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Fire Note 77: La Trobe University Bushfire CRC PhD scholar Claire Johnson studied the extent to which firefighters prepare for the worst during incidents, highlighting the importance of being ready for a worst-case scenario and finding inconsistencies in preparation for such scenarios.

“A failure to consider worst-case scenarios has been implicated in a number of high-profile investigations into Australian bushfire disasters,” Claire says, adding that her findings “indicated that bushfire fighters inconsistently consider worst-case scenarios and identified a number of potential barriers to worst-case scenario thinking.”

Claire also features in a video presentation about her work, available here.

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