Operational Implications of dynamic fire behaviour

Project presentation

Many firefighters have been injured or killed while fighting a forest fire throughout the world.

Recent researches have highlighted processes of dynamic fire behaviors:

  • fire eruption
  • vorticity-driven lateral spread
  • mass spotting...

The project consider the role of these behaviors in firefighter entrapments with a cross glance between Europe and Australia.

The aim is to improve the safety and effectiveness of fire suppression operations.

One of the result may be to address new safety warnings.

 

Orgon fire 2012- France (photo: Service Departemental Incendie et Secours 13)

Firefighter entrapments investigated in this project (1980-2017). Non-exhaustive list.

 

State

Nb. of Entrapments

Fatalities

Injured

Lost vehicles

AU

New South Wales (NSW)

15

15

26

7

 

Victoria (VIC)

26

20

44

12

 

Southern Australia (SA)

2

3

6

2

 

Western Australia (WA)

2

1

3

3

 

New Zealand (NZ)

1

0

4

0

Subtotal AU

46

39

83

24

EUR

France (FR)

51

27

48

43

 

Spain (SP)

5

26

2

5

 

Portugal (PO)

1

6

0

0

 

Croatia (CR)

1

12

1

0

 

Greece (GR)

2

28

0

2

Subtotal EUR

60

99

51

50

Total

106

138

134

74

 

 

Project team

Project collaborators: External

Stuart Matthews
New South Wales Rural Fire Service
Simon Heemstra
New South Wales Rural Fire Service

Key contact

UNSW Canberra at ADFA
s.lahaye@adfa.edu.au