SES volunteers in WA performing a rescue. Photo: Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA.
Hazard Note 65 covers research that is providing insights and data nationally to help to develop new recruitment and retention strategies for SES volunteers. The study provides the valuable data to better support volunteer recruitment, retention and wellbeing.
A forum discussion at Queensland University of Technology for the International Day of Disaster Reduction.
How can we substantially reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services? The Hon Craig Crawford, Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, thinks research can provide the answer. "What we need is research. Research gives us the direction we need to go,” he said.
Spontaneous volunteers with Lismore Helping Hands assisted in the clean up after the 2017 floods in northern NSW. Photo: Lismore Helping Hands
Hazard Note 64 provides research evidence and a tool to better understand spontaneous volunteering and how it comes together. It uses case studies of Samaritan’s Purse after the 2015 Pinery bushfire in South Australia and Lismore Helping Hands after the 2017 NSW floods to show successful deployments of spontaneous volunteers.
Photo: Metropolitan Fire Brigade.
New research drawing on 14 years of data has been released by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and MFB, with the study providing the valuable data the fire industry needs to develop a national residential fire strategy to reduce preventable residential fire fatalities towards zero.
Vast areas of Australia, particularly the east coast, have an above normal fire potential this season.
The 2019/20 fire season has the potential to be an active season across Australia, following on from a very warm and dry start to the year.
Prof Vivienne Tippett, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Chair Dr Katherine Woodthorpe, Dr Katharine Haynes, AFAC CEO Stuart Ellis and Chair of the CRC Advisory Committee Kylie Sproston.
Australian lives are being saved by Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research, which was recognised with the Cooperative Research Centres Association’s premier award.

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