Multi-agency emergency management coordination above the IMT

Fire Note 118: Better management of emergency incidents can reduce any adverse consequences on communities. This Fire Note discusses research into multi-agency emergency management at regional and state levels to improve incident management. The research has investigated what enables and constrains effective performance at the regional and state levels of emergency management (and at a national level in New Zealand).

Challenges and implications facing senior personnel engaged at regional and state levels of emergency management operation coordination

Senior fire and emergency services personnel have to manage many complex challenges and these demands are going to increase in the future. In order to understand what these challenges are and potential options for improvement, interviews were conducted as part of the Bushfire CRC funded research Organising for Effective Incident Management.

Residents intentions and reasons in the face of bushfire

Fire Note 117: The research findings presented in this Fire Note explain that different psychological processes between individuals drives their decision making. Residents who wait and see when threatened by a bushfire do so because they fear making the wrong decision. Most residents surveyed who chose this option did not perceive the risks associated with this choice to be great. They did not want to leave unnecessarily and risk losing the house when they could have saved it had they stayed, and they did not want to be exposed to unnecessary danger when leaving.