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Fostering community bushfire preparedness through engagement and empowerment


Frandsen, M and Paton, D and Sakariassen, K, Fostering community bushfire preparedness through engagement and empowerment, The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 26, (2) pp. 23-30. ISSN 1324-1540 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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In March, 2009, the Tasmanian Fire Service introduced a Community Development Pilot in an endeavour to use community engagement and empowerment to promote greater bushfire preparedness in four target Tasmanian communities. The Pilot was facilitated by an appointed Community Development Officer who through a ‘grassroots’ approach engaged the community to become more bushfire prepared through tailored programs and activities. Evaluation of this Pilot demonstrated that this community engagement approach can not only directly promote bushfire preparedness behaviour, but it can also, through ongoing support and facilitation from government fire agencies like the Tasmanian Fire Service, be community driven. This therefore ensures a greater likelihood of sustained community bushfire preparedness.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Tasmanian Fire Service, community engagement and empowerment, bushfire preparedness
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Social and personality psychology
Research Field:Social psychology
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Pacific Peoples community services
Objective Field:Pacific Peoples community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Frandsen, M (Dr Mai Frandsen)
UTAS Author:Paton, D (Professor Douglas Paton)
ID Code:75460
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2012-01-31
Last Modified:2012-10-18
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