EMV: Australian-first trial to test firebombing at night

Victoria is leading an innovative, national trial which will test the use of night vision technology to fight fires from the sky at night and better protect the community. Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said night-time aerial firebombing had the potential to significantly improve Victoria’s firefighting capability, better protect life and property and significant infrastructure…

The dingo's classification as a pest ignores the benefits it brings, say researchers. Supplied: Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre

ABC: Maligned dingoes emerge as unlikely heroes in study of bushfires and feral pests

Many of our incredible Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Members are either farmers themselves or have strong connections to Western Australia’s agriculture sector. As such, we thought this interesting article on recent research at Deakin University and Charles Sturt University might be worth a re-post. The dingo’s classification as a pest ignores the benefits it brings,…

The Alert SA app crashed during a weekend of catastrophic fire danger and a serious bushfire. ABC News: Stuart Stansfield

ABC News: Alert SA scrapped by State Government after failure during catastrophic fire conditions

A new emergency services smartphone application, Alert SA, will be ditched by the South Australian Government after users could not access fire alerts during catastrophic weather conditions on Saturday. Saturday’s weather created what Emergency Services Minister Chris Picton described as the “worst fire danger conditions seen in years”, but the app collapsed before it was…

ABC: Virtual reality bushfires recreate nightmare scenarios to encourage disaster planning

  Fire authorities are using virtual reality to place Victorians in worst-case bushfire scenarios to encourage them to better prepare for a disaster. The virtual reality program shows the user the possible fatal consequences if they act too late when a bushfire has broken out. The Victorian Government will take the program to Echuca, Benalla,…

BNHCRC: Bushfire potential 2017-18

BNHCRC: Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2017-18 Update

Due to drier and warmer than average conditions since autumn 2017, the bushfire seasonal outlook for 2017-18 has been re-examined for southern Australia. Queensland experienced an early start to the fire season, with significant fires occurring in August. Early season fires of significance were also experienced in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Most states…

Research insights for catastrophic fires

The following article was written by the Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC Major learnings from research insights on the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria have been distilled into practical industry guidance for key messaging in catastrophic bushfires. AFAC has developed the industry guideline; Community Safety Messaging for Catastrophic Bushfires: Lessons Learnt from Black Saturday Bushfires,…