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.
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Table of Contents
Foreword: A View from AustraliaJohn Gledhill; Foreword: A View from North AmericaJerry Williams; Statement: Bushfire Co-operative Research CentreKevin O’Loughlin; Acknowledgments; Author Biographies; INTERFACE BUSHFIRE COMMUNITY SAFETY: 1) Interface (Urban–Rural Fringe) Bushfire Community SafetyJohn Handmer and Katharine Haynes; UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES: 2) Community Perceptions of Bushfire RiskAlison Cottrell, Sally Bushnell, Margaret Spillman, Judy Newton, David Lowe and Luke Balcombe; 3) Resilience at the Urban Interface: The Community Fire Unit ApproachTom Lowe; Katharine Haynes and Gerry Byrne; 4) The Concept of Local Knowledge in Rural Australian Fire ManagementJenny Indian; 5) Social Contexts of Responses to Bushfire Threat: A Case Study of the Wangary FireHelen Goodman and Mae Proudley; ASSISTING THE HOUSEHOLDER AND SMALL BUSINESS OPERATOR: 6) Prepare, Stay and Defend or Leave Early: Evidence for the Australian ApproachAmalie Tibitts; John Handmer, Katharine Haynes, Tom Lowe and Josh Whittaker; 7) Property Safety: Judging Structural SafetyRaphaele Blanchi and Justin Leonard; 8) Don’t Get Burnt By the Law: The Legal Implications of the ‘Prepare, Stay and Defend or Leave Early’ PolicyElsie Loh; RISK PREVENTION AND COMMUNICATION: 9) Understanding and Preventing Bushfire ArsonDamon Muller and Colleen Bryant; 10) The Media and Fire Services: Dealing with Conflicting AgendasErez Cohen, Peter Hughes and Peter B. White; 11) Preparing for Bushfires: The Public Education Challenges Facing Fire AgenciesDouglas Paton and Lyndsey Wright; POLICY AND INSTITUTIONAL ISSUES: 12) Using Program Theory in Evaluating Bushfire Community Safety ProgramsAlan 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 ManagementGaminda Ganewatta; 15) Save that Brigade! Recruiting and Retaining Fire Service Volunteers to Protect Your CommunityJim McLennan, Adrian Birch, Sean Cowlishaw and Joel Suss; THE FUTURE WITH A WARMER CLIMATE: 16) Climate Change and Community Bushfire ResilienceKaryn Bosomworth and John Handmer; References; Index.