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Community Bushfire Safety

Paperback
April 2008
9780643094260
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    23rd April 2008
  • ISBN 9780643094260
  • Language English
  • Pages 228 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.5"
  • Images illus & color photos
$49.95

Community Bushfire Safety brings together in one accessible and comprehensive volume the results of the most important community safety research being undertaken within the Australian Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). Using perspectives deriving from social science, economics and law, it complements the extensive literature already existing on bushfires, which ranges from ecology and fire behavior to information about emergency management. In doing so, the book supports the increasing emphasis on community safety and the vital role it has to play in Australian bushfire management.

Managing community safety requires a diversity of knowledge and an understanding of the many social processes that shape and ultimately determine a community’s resilience to bushfire. The wide range of issues covered in this volume reflects this diversity, including research into gender and vulnerability; the law and its implications for public/fire agency interactions; the arsonist’s rationale; the influence of the media; the role of economics in bushfire management and decision-making; understanding declines in fire brigade volunteerism; bushfire safety policy and its implementation; the effectiveness of community education and risk reduction schemes; and modes of building ignition.

Community Bushfire Safety is accessible to practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and students. While the research reported has been undertaken in Australia, much of the material is generic and is likely to be relevant and useful to those dealing with community bushfire safety elsewhere in the world.

"As an output of the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), the book presents the research as a very tangible outcome for end-users of the CRC process. Social science research in the field of fire management is a relatively new field and the book highlights the progressive stance Australian researchers are taking."

Trent D. Penman - Austral Ecology

"Community Bushfire Safety is a remarkable book, a rare case of rigorous social science, economics and law combining with the experiential knowledge of highly skilled practitioners, to provide guidance on how to live well with fire in the intensely flammable Australian continent. The book's strengths are its originality, relevance and accessibility, and the importance of the paradigm shift it heralds."

Rosemary Hill - Rural Society Journal

“The work reported in this book is a most positive contribution to the social dimension of the bushfire issues….[it] is among the most progressive and innovative anywhere in the world.”

Jerry Williams, Senior Policy Advisor Megafire Project, Brookings Institute, Former National Fire Director, US Forest Service

“Bushfire CRC researchers have a very obvious passion and a realization that they are undertaking something that is really making a difference. I commend their efforts and this book as a great start in what will be an ongoing journey of supporting a new paradigm in bushfire risk management.”

John Geldhill, Chief Officer - Tasmania Fire Service

"Community Bushfire Safety is a remarkable book, a rare case of rigorous social science, economics and law combining with the experiential knowledge of highly skilled practitioners, to provide guidance on how to live well with fire in the intensely flammable Australian continent. The book's strengths are its originality, relevance and accessibility, and the importance of the paradigm shift it heralds."

Rosemary Hill - Rural Society Journal

Foreword: A View from Australia—John Gledhill; Foreword: A View from North America—Jerry Williams; Statement: Bushfire Co-operative Research Centre—Kevin O’Loughlin; Acknowledgments; Author Biographies; INTERFACE BUSHFIRE COMMUNITY SAFETY: 1) Interface (Urban–Rural Fringe) Bushfire Community Safety—John Handmer and Katharine Haynes; UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES: 2) Community Perceptions of Bushfire Risk—Alison Cottrell, Sally Bushnell, Margaret Spillman, Judy Newton, David Lowe and Luke Balcombe; 3) Resilience at the Urban Interface: The Community Fire Unit Approach—Tom Lowe; Katharine Haynes and Gerry Byrne; 4) The Concept of Local Knowledge in Rural Australian Fire Management—Jenny Indian; 5) Social Contexts of Responses to Bushfire Threat: A Case Study of the Wangary Fire—Helen Goodman and Mae Proudley; ASSISTING THE HOUSEHOLDER AND SMALL BUSINESS OPERATOR: 6) Prepare, Stay and Defend or Leave Early: Evidence for the Australian Approach—Amalie Tibitts; John Handmer, Katharine Haynes, Tom Lowe and Josh Whittaker; 7) Property Safety: Judging Structural Safety—Raphaele Blanchi and Justin Leonard; 8) Don’t Get Burnt By the Law: The Legal Implications of the ‘Prepare, Stay and Defend or Leave Early’ Policy—Elsie Loh; RISK PREVENTION AND COMMUNICATION: 9) Understanding and Preventing Bushfire Arson—Damon Muller and Colleen Bryant; 10) The Media and Fire Services: Dealing with Conflicting Agendas—Erez Cohen, Peter Hughes and Peter B. White; 11) Preparing for Bushfires: The Public Education Challenges Facing Fire Agencies—Douglas Paton and Lyndsey Wright; POLICY AND INSTITUTIONAL ISSUES: 12) Using Program Theory in Evaluating Bushfire Community Safety Programs—Alan Rhodes and John Gilbert; 13) What Should Community Safety Initiatives for Bushfire Achieve?—Gerald Elsworth, Karl Anthony-Harvey-Beavis and Alan Rhodes; 14) The Economics of Bushfire Management—Gaminda Ganewatta; 15) Save that Brigade! Recruiting and Retaining Fire Service Volunteers to Protect Your Community—Jim McLennan, Adrian Birch, Sean Cowlishaw and Joel Suss; THE FUTURE WITH A WARMER CLIMATE: 16) Climate Change and Community Bushfire Resilience—Karyn Bosomworth and John Handmer; References; Index.

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