Resilience to Hazards

Mount Boyce fire. Photo by Gary P Hughes provided by NSWRFS

Mount Boyce fire. Photo by Gary P Hughes provided by NSWRFS
Mount Boyce fire. Photo by Gary P Hughes provided by NSWRFS

COMMISSIONED RESEARCH

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This project was commissioned and funded entirely by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service The NSW Rural Fire Service commissioned both the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and the Bushfire CRC to conduct community-focused research with a number of communities hit hard by the bushfires in the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and Port Stephens in October 2013.

This project was commissioned and funded entirely by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

In October 2013, bushfires swept across parts of New South Wales, leaving a trail of destruction and loss. Following the fires, the NSW Rural Fire Service commissioned both the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and the Bushfire CRC to coordinate a field research task force, conducting community-focused research with a number of communities hit hard by the bushfires in the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and Port Stephens. The aim was to understand how people prepared for and reacted to these disasters and assist future development of emergency management responses, community education and public safety initiatives.

This research had two separate – but interconnected – components:

  • a series of interviews with residents in a number of fire impacted communities, and
  • an online survey (also targeted to those communities but open more broadly to fire impacted areas in NSW).

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.
The Blue Mountains fires in 2013 have provided a wealth of research data that has helped RFS change their approach to bushfire safety. Photo by Gary P Hayes, supplied by NSW RFS.
7 December, 2015
CRC research guides bushfire survival planning for NSW RFS, with changes made to community engagement based on the findings.
The Spring 2015 edition of Fire Australia magazine
7 December, 2015
Research is a key focus of the Spring 2015 edition of Fire Australia magazine.
The CRC task force conducting a briefing before field work in the aftermath of Black Saturday.
17 August, 2015
The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC conducts research after major emergencies to uncover key learnings for agencies. Until now, bushfire has been the hazard in focus, but the scope has broadened to other natural hazards with a broader set of research possibilities.
The Wollombi Valley Firewise community, comprising local residents and members of the Rural Fire Brigade
23 January, 2015
Profiling one rural fire brigade’s use of national research findings on bushfire community safety.
NSW RFS and CRC researchers in partnership
30 September, 2014
Resident experiences of the October 2013 bushfires in New South Wales' Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and Port Stephens areas have been analysed in a report by the Bushfire CRC, in partnership with 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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