One of the outcomes of the CRC Fire Workshop was the creation of a
new body to tackle fire management issues across the whole of north
Australia: the North Australian Rural Fire Management Forum.
It involves the heads of the rural bushfire services from
Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia together with
scientific and communication support from the Tropical Savannas
The idea stemmed from the fact that the rural fire services
operating across north Australia face the same distinctive fire
management problems: late, dry-season wildfires spreading over vast
areas; working with pastoralist and Aboriginal land managers;
dealing with scant resources, harsh climates and remote
There was much to be gained from working with each other - from
sharing knowledge to making more efficient use of shared resources
to developing common strategies. After all, many of the fire
management problems and the fires themselves cross state and
territory boundaries in the north.
The first initiative of the forum, which met in Brisbane in
mid-May, was to develop a fire management program that took into
account the whole of northern Australia. The program has three
- Coordinating the various fire management studies that have started
or will soon start across northern Australia;
- Coordinating remote-sensing and ground-truthing research;
- Setting up a communication strategy that brings traditional and
experiential knowledge of fire management together with fire
Funding for this initiative will be sought from the new "targeted
investment" Bushcare program recently set up by the Federal
Bushfires Council of the Northern Territory
Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA)bush fire brigades managed by local governments;career Fire and Rescue Service stations;volunteer Fire and Rescue Service brigades;State Emergency Service units;Volunteer Marine Rescue Service groups;Volunteer Emergency Service units; and Volunteer Fire Service brigades.
North Australia Fire Information
NAFI: Up-to-date maps and data on fires across northern Australia. Includes hotspots and fire-scars.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Authority (QFRS)Rescue - road accident and other types of rescue;Chemical and hazardous material management;Community awareness and education on fire and road safety issues Building fire safety inspection, investigation and prosecution;Administering legislation relating to fire and safety, hazardous materials facilities and hazard mitigation;Rural land management advice regarding the role and use of fire
Fire scene investigation;Alarm monitoring and response; andCommercial training in firefighting, fire safety and evacuation procedures.
QFRS services include: