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The Tasmanian Fire Service Community Development Pilot: Evaluation of a Grass Roots Community Engagement Approach


Frandsen, M, The Tasmanian Fire Service Community Development Pilot: Evaluation of a Grass Roots Community Engagement Approach, Australasian Community Engagement and Fire Awareness Conference Handbook, 27-28th May 2011, Wollongong Australia, pp. 14-15. (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Acceptance of the fact that bushfires can exceed the capacity of fire-fighting resources makes facilitating household and community bushfire preparedness a crucial risk management goal. This goal cannot be accomplished simply by making information available to people.

This view was echoed by the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission that called for more innovative approaches to public bushfire education that accommodates the need for bushfire preparedness to be seen as a ‘shared responsibility’ between communities, fire agencies, and governments.

This presentation discusses the development and evaluation of a bushfire community engagement initiative being trialled by the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS). The Pilot sought to identify how to engage with communities to increase bushfire safety becoming a collective responsibility between the TFS and communities.

The benefits accruing from the Pilot, which range from more cost-effective use of agency resources to increasing the likelihood of sustained bushfire preparedness, provide a cogent argument for continuing and expanding bushfire risk communication programs based on community engagement and empowerment principles.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:community bushfire preparedness
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Social and personality psychology
Research Field:Social psychology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Natural hazards
Objective Field:Natural hazards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Frandsen, M (Dr Mai Frandsen)
ID Code:85214
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2013-06-19
Last Modified:2015-07-23
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