Bushfire Safety, Risk Reduction & Resilience

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Course Description

Bush fires present unprecedented sufferings. Economic losses from bushfires may also emanate from market shocks, property/asset damage and loss of livelihoods. The increasing impacts of climate change leading to such disasters as bushfires (often referred to as wildfire) implies that people must learn to understand and respond to the complex uncertainties presented by its occurrence.

Lessons learned from post-disaster recovery  efforts globally suggest that individuals and communities need to understand safety precautions for  bushfire disasters, its causes, and how they can build resilience through bushfire safety and risk reduction strategies.

By the end of this short course, you will gain valuable knowledge significant for understanding bushfire risks, reducing vulnerability to bushfires, effective coping strategies in the aftermath of a bushfire event and building resilience for future bushfire hazard occurrences.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and understand bushfire risks
  • Assess the various mechanisms through which bushfires attack
  • Explore tips on bushfire safety and risk reduction strategies
  • Identify and assess essentials for bushfire resilience and benefits of community-led bushfire recovery


Modules (2hrs per module)

This short course consists of 3 modules:

Module 1: Understanding Bushfires

Module 2: Bushfire Safety & Risk Reduction Strategies

Module 3: Essentials for Bushfire Recovery & Resilience

Target Audience

This short course was specifically designed with the aim of building capacities and raising awareness/understanding on Bushfires for the benefit of a cross section of entry level and experienced learners.

It is also relevant for:

  • Individuals looking at gaining understanding on bushfire risk reduction and resilience.
  • Communities across the world that are vulnerable to bushfires/wildfires
  •  Local, National and Federal government Officials
  • Health practitioners and other support personnel involved in disaster risk management.

Course Facilitator

Dr. Owi Toinpre is an Associate Lecturer of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development at CIFAL Newcastle – a United Nations affiliated training Centre at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Dr. Owi has been involved in course development, teaching and research in the area of disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. With a background in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering and experience in disaster reconstruction, Owi is particularly interested in flood risk mitigation and institutional approaches to reducing disaster risks.

Email: toinpre.owi@newcastle.edu.au