TASSIE FIRE Conference Proceedings
18 - 20 July 2007, Wrest Point Conference Centre
Hobart, Tasmania

Web link: www.proceedings.com.au/tassiefire

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08:30 - KEYNOTE

Am I Right or Am I Right? Ethical Leadership in Emergency Services
Kevin Brame
Deputy Fire Chief City of North Las Vegas North Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


Federation Concert Hall

Grand Ballroom 1

Grand Ballroom 2

Grand Ballroom 3

Fire management & the bush – from an ad hoc seasonal pre-occupation to ‘policy centre-stage
Gary Morgan *, Tony Bartlett, Mike Leonard

Breaking down the barriers - New & emerging communities & the Emergency Services
Con Patralis


Civilian Passenger Burnover Experimentation
Andrew Sargeant *, Justin Leonard, Raphaele Blanchi, Steve Brown

Eucalypt Decline in the Absence of Fire
Dugald Close (UTAS)


Growing a quality risk management framework
Tony Madigan, Gary Morgan

Working with communities during major bushfires
Alan Rhodes

Beyond our normal field of vision … the impact of art on community bushfire understandings
John Schauble

Reconstructing the fire history of an unmanaged semiarid shrubland using remote sensing & dendrochronology
Alison O'Donnell (UWA)


Policy design for wildfire risk management
John Handmer *, Steve Dovers

Community development within fire recovery - opportunities
Sally McKay

The 2006 / 07 Victorian Great Divide Fires: Building improvement through the grounded theory
Graham Dwyer *, Aimee Haywood, Tania Sherwood, Greg Esnouf

Fire, vegetation change & potential feedbacks to the global carbon cycle
Meghan Jenkins (UNSW)


A prescribed burning risk assessment tool (BRAT)
Alen Slijepcevic *, Kevin Tolhurst, Graeme Saunder, Sandra Wright, Jon Marsden-Smedley

Building the sustainability of Information Flow to communities during emergency events
Jane Fontana, Jennifer O’Beirne, Gregory Hickey


Fire, fuel & grazing in the Australian high country
Steven Roxburgh (UNSW)



Are big fires inevitable? Perspectives from the Hire Fire Risk Project
Rick McRae *, Jason Sharples, Rod Webster

Innovations in Technology
Hugh Bradlow

Leadership, emotional intelligence & the Fire Service
Phil Smith

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Bushfires in Australia - an analysis of carbon cycling and inventory accounting issues
Mick Meyer (CSIRO)


Global Fire Management Strategy
Murray Dudfield

Working Together to Achieve Technology Solutions for Emergency Services
Paul Rofe, Gary Jones, Andrew Bowey

Tote that barge, lift that bale: How employers view fire service volunteers
Adrian Birch *, Jim McLennan, Martin Surrey

Project Vesta: Field implications from forest fire behaviour research findings
Jim Gould (Ensis)


Formation of effective Multi Agency Incident/Emergency Management Teams in a CBR context
Greg Stephenson

WA Emergency Radio Network
Graham Barron

Employer Recognition Programmes - building the strategic alliance, one organisations experience
Heather Clark

Coupling bushfire spread with a sensor network detection system
Bobby Chu & Paul Johnston (UWA)


Vision Systems for ground-based long-range wildfire detection in the Americas, Europe & Africa
Gavin Hough

Using the web to provide real time fire information to the community: The TFS Experience
Mike Brown

Volunteers managing safety
Melissa Pollock

New Technologies for Future Learning - providing training options in fire behaviour training
Annette Salter (UTAS)



VICSES Operations Capability Framework (OCF)
Trevor White, Tim Wiebusch*

Delivering fire safety information to those most at risk
Frank Stockton*, Julie Harris*

Effective performance management for firefighters: Developing a system for all fire agency staff
Steve Willing *, Robyn Pearce

A duty fitness test for tanker-based fire fighters
Matt Philips (RMIT)


Request for assistance online – an Operations Management System implemented by the NSW State Emergency Service
Andrew Edwards *

Community Engagement about fire on public land
Meredith Hartley, Kylie Scanlon

An evidence based approach to developing & implementing Performance Management
Simon Fishwick

Potential air-toxics from vegetation fires
Dane Hansen (RMIT)


Tsunami - A Southeast Australian focus
Andrew Lea

Climate, community & capacity
Clifford Overton *, James Holyman

Communication strategies & collaborative work practices in Incident Management Teams (IMTs): The keys to organising for high reliability
Ian Dwyer

The use of worst case scenarios in decision making by bushfire fire fighters
Claire Johnson (La Trobe)





Federation Concert Hall

Grand Ballroom 1

Grand Ballroom 2

Grand Ballroom 3

Building environmental management into business – what the Country Fire Authority, Victoria, Australia is doing
Helen Bull

Collaborative Purchasing
Arthur Tindall

The Decision to Decide - A Discussion on Tunnel Fire Safety
Shane Wright *, Greg Bawden, Adam Dalrymple, Jarrod Edwards, Christine Iliaskos

New directions for fire research in the US Forest Service
Mark Finney (USDA FS)


The MFB - Reducing our environmental impact
Elaine Stewart

Collaborative Purchasing - The UK Experience
Richard Peasgood

Organisational implications of the discovery of asbestos at the NSWFB USAR training site, Holsworthy
Kathryn Heiler

Prescribed Fire in Young Eucalypt Plantations: Is it worth the risk?
Phil Lacy (NSW FS)


10:00 - KEYNOTE

Facilitated Learning Analysis - Reinforcing High Reliability by Taking a Hard Look at Near Miss
Paul Chamberlin
Interagency Fire Operations Safety Specialist, USDOI US Fish and Wildlife
Aerial Fire Depot, Missoula, Montana, USA

Building a Foundation for Learning: The Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center in the United States
Paula Nasiatka
Center Manager, U.S. Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center
National Advanced Fire and Resource Institute, Tucson, AZ, USA


100 years of building losses due to Bushfire: What have we learnt?
John McAneney

Developing and implementing operational safety training in the New South Wales Fire Brigades
Janine Bailey

Building EEO into your organisational planning & development
Susan Biggs

Linking field observations with remote sensing to determine grassland fire hazard
Stuart Anderson (ENSIS NZ)
Elizabeth Botha (ENSIS Aus)

"How much, Who pays, who uses, who cares". The total cost of fire in Australia
Graeme Douglas Thom

Aligning Fire Service strategy with Local Government Long Term Council Community Planning
Mitchell Brown

The Case for Diversity
Dalal Smiley

Spatial techniques for grassland curing
Danielle Martin (RMIT)



Learning lessons in a litigious environment - the challenge for modern ESOs
Catherine Dunlop

Improving community preparedness for bushfire: the rationale behind the Tasmanian bushfire DVD, & what follows
Damien Killalea

Measurement of rural firefighter productivity & workload
Richard Parker*, David Riley, Grant Pearce, Stuart Anderson

Trends in deliberate bushfires in Australia
Damon Muller


Burning for biodiversity, or burning the biodiversity?
Trent Penman*, Doug Binns, Rod Kavanagh

House Loss - A spatial Challenge
Justin Leonard*, Bob Leciester, Raphaele Blanchi, Felix Lipkin, Andrew Sargeant

Fatigue on the Fire Ground: The DPI Experience
Beth Wilson, Hayden Cater*, David Clancy, Kathy Duffy, Alina Holgate, Jacqueline Wood

Evacuate late at your peril: An assessment of Australian bushfire

Katharine Haynes (RMIT/Maquarie)


Ecological Fire Management in North East Victoria
Dan Jamieson*, Aaron Kennedy*

House loss & weather conditions
Raphaele Blanchi *, Chris Lucas, Justin Leonard

The work demands of tanker-based bushfire suppression by Australian volunteer firefighters in southern Australia
Brad Aisbett*, Matthew Phillips, David Nichols

Fire, families & decisions
Mae Proudley (RMIT)


The effects of frequent burning on the nutrient cycling & insect herbivory: Implications for forest health
Fiona Christie, Alan York

House fires: are modern contents & construction making them more dangerous
Chris Lewis

Assessing firefighters’ exposure to air toxics in bushfire smoke
Fabienne Reisen*, Mick Meyer, Dane Hansen

Clearing away the undergrowth - shedding light on the factors that influence the decision to prepare for bushfires
Tim Prior (UTAS)





A Framework for Bushfire Management Planning
Geoff Young, Peter Moore

Analysing Volatile Components of Bushfire Smoke
Simin Maleknia *, Tina Bell, Mark Adams

Best environmental practice when managing hazardous material incidents
Tania Tolliday *

Bushfire applications for metal fusible links activation of shutters
Alex Webb *, Jonathan Barnett, Tom DeMasi, Michael Sheehan, Justin Leonard

Bush fire management in high organic soils on the Swan Coastal Plain
Ralph Smith *, Jade Leask

Bushfire smoke, health and fire management
Fay Johnston, Ross Bailie, Louis Pilotto

Chained and burnt fuelbreaks in the mallee:
N Robinson *, K Schneider, K Tolhurst

Community Profiling - A Tool for Fire Services
Alison Cottrell *

Cooperative management of grasslands for fire safety and the environment
Paul Hill, Helen Bull

Ember Screen Protection for Evaporative Air-conditioners
David Lamont *, Russell Stevens

Emergency Aerial Intelligence
Mike Waters *

Environmental responsibility in emergency management – Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) position
Russell Rees *, Helen Bull, Shannon Heathcote, Tania Tolliday, Mike Wouters

Environmental responsibility in emergency management – what the Australasian Fire Authorities Council
(AFAC) is doing

Russell Rees *, Helen Bull, Shannon Heathcote, Tania Tolliday, Mike Wouters

Establishment of a Set of Wildfire Chronosequence Benchmark Plots in Southern Tasmania
Perpetua Turner, Simon Grove, Craig Airey, Chris McElhinny, Ian Scanlan, Julian Power, Oliver Stott, Julia Sohn

FARM FIREWISE - Preparing your property, Protecting your community
Virginia Dixon, Jeremy Friend, Alan Walker

FireTraC A secure digital approach to fire scene investigation
Robert Alexander *

Impact of dioxin emissions from bushfires in Australia
Mick Meyer *, Jochen Mueller, Bob Symons, Fabienne Reisen, Robert Black, John Gras

"It's all about Roles and Responsibilities"
Andrew Short

Meeting challenges: Implementing a Code of Practice for Fire Management in Victoria
Aimee Haywood *, Rachaele May

Meteorological aspects of the Wilsons Promontory Fire of April 2005
Scott Williams *, Kevin Parkyn

Modelling Fire Ignition Probabilities using Logistic Regression
Andreia Siqueira *, Alen Slijepcevic

The beginnings of a new fleet
Tarron Newman *, Ray Campbell *

The development of an Arson Information Network in Western Australia
Phillip Cribb *

The Integrated Fire Management Planning Framework for Victoria
Norman Free

The role of collective efficacy/confidence and its importance in Incident Management Teams [IMT] work activity: Preliminary findings of a PhD study
Jan Douglas

What did we do to enforce compliance?
Michael Rossiter *, Paul Enders