Community and fire service perceptions of bushfire issues in Tamborine Mountain: what’s the difference?

Bushnell, Sally, Balcombe, Luke, and Cottrell, Alison (2007) Community and fire service perceptions of bushfire issues in Tamborine Mountain: what’s the difference? Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 22 (3). pp. 3-9.

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Abstract

The social construction of risk explains that public perceptions of an objective hazard are often shaped through social and cultural processes. Hazard managers tend to focus on the objective risk, and as a result can often perceive a risk and related issues very differently to the community they are servicing. This has important implications for hazard management. This paper reports on research that investigated similarities and differences in perceptions of community bushfire risk and issues between the community and fire services in Tamborine Mountain in Queensland Australia. It discusses the implications for bushfire service delivery, and also provides an example of how understanding bushfire hazard perceptions and other issues within a community can give direction to locally-specific strategies targeting community safety.

Item ID: 2544
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: bushfire; community/outreach programs; rural fire brigade; risk analysis; perception; Queensland
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Reproduced with permission from the Australian Journal of Emergency Management.

Bushnell, Sally, Balcombe, Luke, and Cottrell, Alison (2007) Community and fire service perceptions of bushfire issues in Tamborine Mountain: what’s the difference? Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 22 (3). pp. 3-9.

ISSN: 1324-1540
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2009 04:52
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl Planning) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 51%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940202 Electoral Systems @ 49%
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