Resilience to Hazards

An Erickson Aircrane and fire units battle the Bangor fire in January 2014. Photo by Tait Schmall/Newscorp

An Erickson Aircrane and fire units battle the Bangor fire in January 2014. Photo by Tait Schmall/Newscorp
An Erickson Aircrane and fire units battle the Bangor fire in January 2014. Photo by Tait Schmall/Newscorp

COMMISSIONED RESEARCH

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This project was commissioned and funded entirely by the Country Fire Service, SA. Following three very different bushfires in early 2014, the CFS commissioned the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC to conduct community-focused research with fire-affected communities.

This project was commissioned and funded entirely by the Country Fire Service, SA.

How residents responded to three separate bushfires in South Australia in January 2014 has been analysed by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.

Following three very different bushfires in early 2014, the South Australia Country Fire Service (CFS) commissioned the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC to conduct community-focused research with fire-affected communities. The research investigated bushfire risk perceptions, decison-making procsses and the behaviour of residents across three very different fires: a rapid onset fire (Eden Valley); a long campaign fire (Bangor); and repeat fires (Rockleigh).

Researchers conducted 171 detailed interviews with residents in affected areas, as well as an online survey open to all residents of South Australia, which received 606 responses. Both the interviews and online survey collected information around general demographics, sense of community, previous experience of bushfires, what happened on the days before the fire threat, what happened on the day, and what, if any changes have been made in bushfire planning and preparedness as a result of that experience.

8 February, 2017
New journal articles and reports on CRC research are available online.
Interviewing residents after the 2013 Coonabarabran fire. Photo: Brydie O'Connor NSW RFS
11 March, 2016
“Have you got ethics yet?” is a question asked frequently where health, social and behavioural sciences postgrads gather on campus.
CRC researcher, Dr Kirrilly Thompson receiving her award from CQUniveristy
1 December, 2015
Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC researchers Dr Kirrilly Thompson and Prof Kevin Ronan have been recognised by CQUniversity for their outstanding research efforts and commitment.
The Bangor fire in SA, 2014. Photo courtesy Tait Schmall/Newscorp
19 March, 2015
How residents responded to three separate bushfires in South Australia in January 2014 has been analysed by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.
Blue Mountains taskforce December 2013
14 December, 2013

In the first field activity for the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, our researchers joined with Bushfire CRC colleagues to conduct community-based research in New South Wales following the October bushfires.

Teams are now preparing similar research visits to communties impacted by the January fires in South Australia and Western Australia.

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