GFMC Links:
Australia & New Zealand

The following list of the most important Australia and New Zealand links is listed in alphabetical order.
GFMC readers are encouraged to provide update information on new links to the GFMC.

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Australasian Fire Authorities Council
The home page of the Australasian Fire Authorities Council coordinates the diverse range of activities of the different australian agencies concerned about fire.


CSIRO Bushfire Team

CSIRO bushfire research is improving the understanding of fire, and improving technologies and strategies to save lives and limit damage.


CSIRO Sentinel Fire Mapping
The Sentinel Fire Mapping website is an internet-based mapping tool designed to provide timely fire location data to emergency service managers across Australia. The mapping system allows users to identify fire locations that pose a potential risk to communities and property. It can be accessed using a standard web.


The firebreak newsletter provides a very extensive homepage with information about fire fighting in Australia, downloadable java scripts for calculating fire weather and various links to related sites.


International Fire Information Network stands for one of the most comprehensive and sophisticated fire web pages, existing since 1993. It gives information and links to international fire reseach institution, global weather forecast and other related sites. The FireNet virtual library is another valuable resource along with its mailing list.


Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales Bush Fire Program
The Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales Inc. (NCC) has been actively promoting public education and awareness strategies for better Bush Fire Risk Management since 1984. The NCC has held conferences, seminars, workshops and produced a number of publications such as newsletters, proceedings, guidelines etc to communicate with the public. The NCC Bush Fire Management Program supports the Bush Fire Policy 1997 of the Nature Conservation Council by (a) nominating people who care about and understand the environment to become NCC representatives on Bush Fire Management Committees, Rural Fire Service Coordinatin Committee and the Rural Fire Service Advisory Council, (b) holding regular workshops for representatives, NCC member societies and the concerned public, and (c) producing policy, information, resources and encouraging networking to assist representatives and the community to understand the role of bush fire in the natural environment.


New South Wales Rural Fire Service
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service is one of the world's largest and most highly regarded volunteer fire services. Providing the full range of fire protection and prevention to over 90% of the State, our members have given one hundred years of selfless community service to protect the people of New South Wales. The website of the NSW Rural Fire Service includes a media/press release web page that provides information on fire bans and fire status reports:


Northern Territory Fire Service
The Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service and Bushfires Council of the Northern Territory provide a response to fires across the Territory. The Fire and Rescue Service has 141 permanent staff working in regional centres such as Darwin, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Yulara and Jabiru, as well as 54 part-time Auxiliaries and 250 volunteers - the backbone of our rural brigades. 


Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS)
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service is a division of the Queensland Government Department of Emergency Services and the primary provider of fire and rescue services throughout Queensland.


Queensland Rural Fire Service
Rural Fire Brigades are totally voluntary organisations established to provide assistance to the local community in rural fire management. They are a recognisable and legally constituted fire control organisation whose volunteers join together for mutual protection for themselves and their property against the danger of fire. There are 44,000 volunteer Rural Fire Brigade members forming 1,653 Rural Fire Brigades which provide 93% coverage across the State, as indicated on the map. Rural Fire Brigades operate in areas not covered by an Urban Fire Service.


Satellite Remote Sensing Services Department of Land Administration (DOLA)
Satellite Remote Sensing Services, DOLA, have implemented IMAPP software from University of Wisconsin for processing MODIS data. As a result MODIS is now being actively used for near real-time fire detection, mapping of burnt areas and monitoring changes in green vegetation cover. NOAA-AVHRR is also extensively used for fire management and sea surface temperature measurement..


South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS)
The SA Country Fire Service cooperates with the SA Metropolitan Fire Service. These agencies protect the whole of the State from the effects of fire and other incidents, working closely with other agencies. The CFS web site offers access to incident reports, a news archive, information on self protection, as well as general information on factors influencing fire danger in South Australia.


State of Victoria Country Fire Authority (CFA)

The Victoria CFA organisation comprised over 63,000 members who are committed to protecting the State of Victoria. Media releases on ongoing and past fire events are provided at:


Tasmania Fire Service (TFS)

The Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) is established under section 6 of the Fire Service Act 1979. The TFS is under the control of the State Fire Commission. Among other the TSF website includes information on current fire restrictions (fire permit information, total fire ban information) and the current fire situation (current bushfires, incident summary, media releases, and public advice). The current bushfire situation report includes a daily fire map of Tasmania.


The Age - Australian Bushfire Alert
This web site contains a comprehensive news report archive on Australian fire issues. Nationwide fire weather reports are provided along with an overview of the current significant fire events.


Tropical Savannas Cooperative Research Center (CRC)
The Darwin-based CRC provides extensive information on it’s research programme “Fire and savanna landscapes”. This project examines the sustainable use of fire as a management tool in pastoral, indigenous, conservation and military land-use contexts. It is focused on setting up regional fire-management studies across the tropical savannas, and involving a range of fire managers and researchers. The fire website can be accessed directly at:


Victoria Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE)

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) was established in 2002. The department provides advice and support to the Victorian Government. This website “Fire and other Emergencies” contains information and resources on how the Department of Sustainability and Environment manages fire on public land, including reducing the risk of fire, containing outbreaks of fire and how fire has shaped the environment. The website provides also near-real time information on current wildland fire situations (“Fires Today”). Direct access to the website “Fire and other Emergencies”:


Western Australia: Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia
The Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia provides the Western Australian community with a comprehensive range of services to deal with fire and emergencies - both natural and human made. The website does not include information on current fires.


New Zealand


Forest and Rural Fire Research

Every year in New Zealand, around 2000 wildfires burn through some 7000 hectares of rural lands. Predicting where wildfires are most likely to break out, what fuels them and helps them burn, and how rural fire managers can be best prepared to fight them is the aim of the Forest and Rural Fire Research Programme.


National Rural Fire Authority New Zealand
The National Rural Fire Authority is responsible for coordinating the rural fire management activities of New Zealand. The web page includes up-to-date Fire Danger Rating for New Zealand, along with publications on new Zealand fire management and fire research.


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