On Thursday 7 August, more than 135 Tasmanian Fire, Police and emergency managers will join land managers and government staff in Hobart to hear from some of the nation’s leading natural disaster experts across a range of scientific fields.
The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) are staging a research briefing for its Tasmanian partners. Participants will gain insights into the range of research currently underway, learning how the science can help Tasmanian emergency services and the government protect our communities from a range of hazards.
Researchers including Dr Christine Owen (University of Tasmania), Dr Kevin Tolhurst (University of Melbourne) and Professor Steven Dovers (Australian National University) will cover important topics including: how communities and emergency managers make decisions under threat; getting the most out of our volunteers; sharing responsibility for emergency management; extreme weather; building at the rural/urban interface; hazard fatalities; bushfire mapping; and the legal and political implications of emergency management.
Tasmania is a committed supporter of the CRC, with agencies involved including the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS), Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, the State Emergency Service, Forestry Tasmania, Tasmania Police and the Department of Premier and Cabinet. The University of Tasmania is also involved in several projects through its researchers and postgraduate students”.
TFS Chief Officer Mike Brown said today “The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is an exciting new national collaboration in natural hazards research, comprising over 50 partners from fire and emergency services organisations, several Federal and State governments and authorities, non-government organisations, research institutes and universities.
Tasmania has been an active partner in the national bushfire research program over the last decade, including the national research task forces assembled after recent major fires in Tasmania and other states, and this will continue across other natural hazards.
Tasmanian researchers, in particular, will continue to make strong contributions, including in the areas of incident management, community emergency warnings and land management”.
TFS Chief Officer Mike Brown and Dr Richard Thornton CEO BNHCRC will be available at midday to talk with the media. Please meet no later than 12.00pm at the front steps of the Tasmania Police Academy, 151 South Arm Road, Rokeby.
Huon Highway, Grove
At approximately 7.00pm last night Grove, Huonville, Sandfly and Franklin brigades responded to a report of a structure fire at Jackman’s bodyworks on Huon highway at Grove.
Upon arrival crews found the office and workshop area fully involved with fire and threatening nearby parked vehicles. Bulk storage LPG cylinders, oxy / acetylene equipment along with a storeroom containing paint and thinners further hampered fire fighting operations.
The fire was brought under control within 90 minutes and was contained to the main building. Firefighters maintained a presence overnight to monitor the structure and a fire investigation team will undertake a formal inspection of the property this morning.
At this stage the damage estimate is expected to exceed $800,000.