History, issues and lessons from 10 notable fire, flood and emergency incidents throughout Australasia.
Emergency services personnel conduct their work in situations that are inherently dangerous. Large incidents such as bushfires, floods and earthquakes often pose hazards that are not fully understood at the time of management, and the situation may be further complicated by the involvement of multiple agencies.
This book presents lessons learnt from managing major incidents at regional and state levels. It is not an academic work. Rather, it is a collection of stories from professionals on the ground and others who subsequently reviewed the events and gained significant knowledge and understanding through that process. Some stories are personal, capturing emotional impact and deep reflection, and others analytical, synthesising the findings of experience and inquests. All the stories relate to managing operational events and capture knowledge that no one person could gain in a single career.
Stuart Ellis is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC). He began his career as an Army Officer, serving for over 22 years with the Special Air Service Regiment. In 1996, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Country Fire Service. He later established a consultancy company and has been involved in over 20 operational reviews including the Canberra Bushfires, the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission and the operational response to the Christchurch Earthquake. Kent MacCarter is Print and Online Developer for the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council, and has been involved in writing, editing and publishing Australian non-fiction and fiction for the past decade at various major publishers.
Foreword Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: Fire catastrophe at Wangary on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia--Euan Ferguson AFSM Chapter 2: Incident management in Bundaberg during the 2013 Queensland Floods--John Watson Chapter 3: Responding to the Myer building fire in Hobart--Gavin Freeman Chapter 4: The aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes, 2011--Stuart Ellis AM Chapter 5: A highway cyanide spill at Tennant Creek--Leigh Swift Chapter 6: Firefighter entrapment during routine hazard reduction burn at Mt Ku-ring-gai--Bob Conroy Chapter 7: Large petrochemical fire in Adelaide's Industrial Precinct--Roy Thompson Chapter 8: Thirty per cent of the entire state: Victorian floods, 2011--Trevor White Chapter 9: Thinking differently, leading differently: Lessons from the Canberra Fires, 2003--Mark Crosweller AFSM FAIM Chapter 10: Bushfire around Linton Township, Victoria--Greg Leach Index
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