Community response to bushfires during 2012-13 fire season

In February 2013, the Fire Services Commissioner initiated a review of the community response to the bushfire threat in areas affected by three of the season’s more significant fires: Chepstowe, Aberfeldy and Donnybrook Road.

The key outcome of this review is the identification of seven ‘archetypes’ i.e. typical ‘patterns’ in the attitudes and behaviours of people in responding to the fire threat. These archetypes helped to explain the range of experiences of people in responding to the threat of fire, and provide a new lens through which to better understand the effectiveness of the bushfire safety activities.

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