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Media Release

Community door knock for research on Parkerville bushfire
Tuesday 25 March 2014 – 1:00 PM
Community door knock for research on Parkerville bushfire
 
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) will be conducting research in the area affected by the Parkerville fire over the next week to explore how the community responded to the January 2014 bushfire.

Researchers will be seeking one on one interviews with residents and businesses in the Parkerville, Stoneville and Mount Helena area from Tuesday 1 April to Thursday 3 April.

DFES Acting Assistant Commissioner Murray Bawden said the research would be used to help communities prepare for and respond to emergencies in the future.

"Researchers will ask residents about their awareness of bushfire risk, preparations for bushfire, how they responded during the fire, and how their neighbours, friends and family may have influenced their response,” Assistant Commissioner Bawden said.

"This research will help us improve and develop initiatives such as our key publication Prepare. Act. Survive, Bushfire Ready community programs and bushfire warning systems.

"Scientific research is the basis for all of our community engagement programs and is vital to help improve our understanding of community behaviour and the impact of bushfires.

"I urge all community members who are able to take part in the research to do so, to help develop our capability to provide effective support to communities affected by major emergencies.”

DFES is working in partnership with the Bushfire Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre to conduct the research.

The research is being led by Dr Jim McLennan from LaTrobe University who is internationally recognised for his work into survival related decision making and has extensive experience working with communities that have faced disasters.

This DFES research is in conjunction with the Review of the Parkerville, Stoneville and Mount Helena Fire, which is being led by the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC).

The SEMC review will report on the response by agencies and recovery activities, as well as the effectiveness of State policies and procedures.

Residents can participate in the SEMC Review by emailing
parkervillefire@semc.wa.gov.au 

For information about the DFES research and one on one interviews, residents and businesses can contact Jennifer Pidgeon or Lauren
McDonnell on 9395 9816 for more information.

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