Community safety and engagement

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We all view our surroundings differently

Many rural/urban landscapes, while a fire risk, are beautiful. In many cases this beauty is the reason why people choose to live in these areas, despite the risk. This pilot research project applied the process of ‘place mapping’, a new approach for fire and land management agencies, to gain a better understanding of how communities in rural/urban areas perceive native vegetation in the context of their landscape.

We all view our surroundings differently

Fire Note 121: This pilot research project applied the process of ‘place mapping’, a new approach for fire and land management agencies, to gain a better understanding of how communities in rural/urban areas perceive native vegetation in the context of their landscape. Examples include assisting agencies to understand why communities might oppose fuel reduction burning, and why they may not undertake fire mitigation measures that are encouraged by agencies.

Bringing fire science to you

Australia's leading fire researchers are bringing their knowledge direct to you with the Bushfire CRC seminar series webinars. Launched in late 2013 and scheduled through to June 2014, the free webinars are part of the ongoing research utilisation activities, aimed at getting the research outcomes to our partners to enable implementation as appropriate.

Findings from the January 2013 bushfires in NSW

Resident experiences of the three most challenging bushfires from January 2013 in NSW have been analysed in a report by the Bushfire CRC.

Following fires at Coonabarabran, Yass and the Shoalhaven, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service engaged the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to conduct community-based research, focusing on people’s preparation, decision making and actions during the fire.

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said some areas of NSW witnessed unprecedented fire danger conditions.

Community Understanding and Awareness of Bushfire Safety: January 2013 NSW bushfires

January 2013 saw NSW areas around Yass, Shoalhaven and Coonabarabran impacted by large fires. At the request of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, the Bushfire CRC coordinated a field research task force to interview a sample of respondents in each of the three communities affected by the fires, complemented by an online survey of residents of the same locations.

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