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NSW Fire-Related Agencies
NSW Fire-Related AgenciesOperational Roles of NSW Fire-Related AgenciesThis document provides a succinct summary of operational roles of NSW fire related agencies
Coordinators and Knowledge Brokers
National Council for Fire and Emergency Services (AFAC)AFAC | HomeAFAC, as the National Council for Fire and Emergency Services, supports the sector to create safer, more resilient communities.
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)https://nema.gov.au/NEMA is the Australian Government body responsible for emergency management coordination.
Natural Hazards Research Australia (NHRA)Homepage | Natural Hazards Research AustraliaNHRA is Australia's national centre for natural hazard resilience and disaster risk reduction. The centre works in the broad emergency management and disaster resilience sector.
Australian Institute for Disaster Relief (AIDR)Australian Institute Disaster Resilience | Home (aidr.org.au)AIDR delivers products and services for the emergency management sector.
NSW Spatial ServicesHome - Spatial Services (nsw.gov.au)Spatial Services' Emergency Information Coordination Unit (EICU) ensures the emergency management sector has the best spatial and related data available to deal with multi-agency emergencies, such as terrorism and natural disasters.
Telcom AuthorityTelco Authority | NSW GovernmentNSW Telco Authority delivers critical radio communications to first responders and essential services to keep people and places in NSW safe.
The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC)About the ARDC | ARDC    Australia's peak body for research data partnering with the research community and industry to build leading-edge digital infrastructure. 
National Bushfire Intelligence Capability (NBIC)NBIC Council – National Bushfire Intelligence Capability (csiro.au)NBIC council is a group of key users of bushfire data and information from across all jurisdictions.
Resilience NSWResilience NSW | NSW GovernmentTasked with coordinating and overseeing the implementation of the NSW Bushfire Inquiry Report recommendations.
Science and Technology Australia (STA)Home page | Science and Technology AustraliaSTA is Australia’s peak body in science and technology. The organisation facilitates connections between scientific experts and industry leaders.
Research Expertise
NSW research map of universities, ARC, CRC'SNSW Research Map | Chief ScientistThe Interactive NSW Research Map showcases the state's higher education, science, and research facilities.
Research Data Australia (RDA)Research Data Australia | ARDC | Australia Research Data CommonsAn online portal for finding reseach data and associated projects, researchers and data services.
Bureau of Meteorologyhttp://www.bom.gov.au/The BoM provides prediction and monitoring services to save lives, protect infrastructure, improve public safety and quality of life, protect the environment, safeguard economic sectors, and increase socio-economic benefits. The BoM engages widely with fire agencies and with other research bodies to better provide fire-related weather intelligence to the Australian community.
Geoscience AustraliaHome | Geoscience Australia (ga.gov.au)Geoscience Australia (GA) is Australia’s preeminent public sector geoscience organisation. GA is committed to support Australia's capability to managing the impact of natural hazards, including bushfire.
Australian Nucleur Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)ANSTO | Science. Ingenuity. SustainabilityANSTO has a number of bushfire-related research capabilities including, fine particle air monitoring and understanding fire history through cave and lake systems.
Defence Science and Technology (DST)Welcome to DST - Defence Science and TechnologyDST's bushfire research capabilities include surveillance and reconnaissance, operations analysis, decisions support and international partnerships. Other capabilities with potential applications for bushfire include advance sensing, computer vision processing, social media analysis, integrated situational awareness, decision support and information fusion, and fire protection.
The Bushfire Earth Observation Taskforcebushfire-earth-observation-taskforce-report.pdf (industry.gov.au)The Bushfire Earth Observation Taskforce coordinated the analysis of the use of earth  observation (from space) systems for bushfire risk management.
Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) TERN - Australia's Terrestrial Ecosystem Research NetworkTERN provides open data, research and management tools, data infrastructure and site-based research equipment.
Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS)Introducing IMOS: IMOS.org.auIMOS collects critical ecosystem observations and makes the resulting data available, with modelling tools, to allow research into how ecosystems are responding to environmental pressures. It provides infrastructure spanning ecosystem science including data for use in bushfire research.
National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)National Computational Infrastructure (nci.org.au)NCI collects and makes available biodiversity data to support national and international users demanding timely access to Australian biodiversity data and gives researchers the ability to easily overlay and integrate known species data with other critical data map types such as current and future climate, habitat, fire and water availability (both past and present).
Risk Frontiershttps://riskfrontiers.com/Risk Frontiers specialises in catastrophe loss modelling, climate risk and resilience. They provide innovative science-driven research, analysis and solutions to build safe and resilient communities.
FrontierSIFrontierSI | We know whereFrontierSI has deep expertise in spatial mapping, infrastructures, positioning, geodesy, analytics and standards.
Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence and Research Hubs
SmartSat Cooperative Research CentreSmartSat CRCThe SmartSat CRC is a consortium of universities and other research organisations, partnered with industry that has been funded by the Australian Government to develop know-how and technologies in advanced telecommunications and IoT connectivity, intelligent satellite systems and Earth observation next generation data services.
National Environmental Science Program (NESP)https://www.australiasnaturehub.gov.auNESP is providing support to the Wildlife and Threatened Species Bushfire Recovery Expert Panel on response to the fire events, including priority emergency actions to support impacted animals, plants and ecosystems and recovery actions of Australia’s environment. 
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate ExtremesThe ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate ExtremesThe ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes leads vital climate science and predictions, train climate science leaders and prepare Australia for future climate extremes. 
NSW Smart Sensing NetworkNSSNThe NSSN brings together universities, industry and government to translate world-class research into innovative smart sensing solutions that create value for the economy, environment and society of NSW and beyond.
NSW Space Research NetworkNSW Space Research NetworkThe NSW Space Research Network (SRN) is a university-led initiative of the NSW Government designed to enhance NSW space industry capability through collaboration with government and academic research institutions. 
The Centre of Excellence for Prescribed Burninghttps://www.aidr.org.au/programs/centre-of-excellence-for-prescribed-burning/The Centre of Excellence for Prescribed Burning is a practical hub for prescribed burning practitioners to share knowledge and experience.
Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub (Knowledge Hub)Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub (aidr.org.au) The Knowledge Hub is a national, open-source platform that supports and informs policy, planning, decision making and contemporary good practice in disaster resilience. 
International Research & Development
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service ResearchFire Research | US Forest Service (usda.gov) USDA Forest Service has a network of fire labs and research stations across the country. Forest Service fire scientists develop knowledge and tools that help reduce the negative impacts of fire while enhancing its beneficial effects for society and the environment. Forest Service experts work with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which provides satellite imagery and other resources to assist the Forest Service in fighting fires and preventing future ones.
NASA’s fire & smoke mission https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/index.htmlNASA'S global mapping of fires @ 10 day intervals
Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Centre (LLC)About Us - Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center (wildfirelessons.net)The LLC’s primary goal continues to be striving to improve safe work performance and organizational learning for all wildland firefighters. Analysis of near misses and fatalities in firefighting: - highlights things that are needed in the field
National Oceanic and Atmosperic Administration
Homepage | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (noaa.gov)NOAA holds key leadership roles in shaping international ocean, fisheries, climate, space and weather policies. NOAA’s many assets including research programs, vessels, satellites & satellite imaging products, science centers, laboratories and a vast pool of distinguished scientists and experts — are essential, internationally recognized resources.
The Forest Fire Research Centre (CEIF)Forest Fire Reseach Center (uc.pt)CEIF is dedicated to the applied research in the field of forest fires and fires in the wildland urban interface (WUI) namely the physical aspects of the fire.
International Association of Wildland FireInternational Association of Wildland Fire | Wild Fire Management Experts (iawfonline.org)The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) a professional membership association dedicated to uniting the global wildland fire community. 
Pau Costa FoundationHome (paucostafoundation.org)Pau Costa Foundation is global non-profit entity focused on wildfires management and prevention.
Forestry AustraliaForestry Australia – Forestry Australia is professional association for foresters, private forestry, commercial tree growing and all forestry professionals.Forestry Australia is a professional association with over 1,000 members comprising of forest scientists, professionals, managers and growers operating in all aspects of forest and natural resource management throughout Australia.
Australian Journals for Bushfire Related Research Findings
International Journal of Wildland FireCSIRO PUBLISHING | International Journal of Wildland FireThe International Journal of Wildland Fire is the most common journal for Australian authors and second most common journal for publications with authors from the United States of America and Canada. This is a monthly journal from the International Association of Wildland Fire and is published by CSIRO. The journal has an international perspective, since wildland fire plays a major social, economic and ecological role around the globe.
The Australian Journal of Emergency Management (AJEM)Australian Journal of Emergency Management | AJEM (aidr.org.au)AJEM is a quarterly journal of analysis and insights into current and future issues from researchers and practitioners at all levels of emergency management. AJEM is published as an open access publication under a Creative Commons [CC BY-NC] license. This allows the scientific community, those involved in emergency management and disaster resilience, and the general public to gain unlimited, free and immediate access to scholarly articles and industry news and views.
Australian Disaster Resilience Handbook CollectionAustralian Disaster Resilience Handbook Collection | AIDRThe Australian Disaster Resilience Handbook Collection handbook provides knowledge on disaster risk reduction and resilience principles in Australia.
Natural Hazards Research Australia publicationsOverview of published works | Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC (bnhcrc.com.au)The formalised output from the CRC's activities can be found in journals, conference proceedings, reports, and articles.
Indigenous Fire Management Practices and Fire Knowledge
Firesticks Alliance Indigenous CorporationFiresticksFiresticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation is an Indigenous led network and aims to re-invigorate the use of cultural burning by facilitating cultural learning pathways to fire and land management.
Natural Resources Commission FMIP - Baselines - Aboriginal (nsw.gov.au)Aboriginal Cultural values and renewal assessment in NSW forests post-wildfires: The Commission is working with three Aboriginal-led case study groups, NSW Forest Monitoring Steering Committee and agencies on opportunities to advance recommendations and areas for improvement, including through whole-of-Country approaches.
NSW Aboriginal Land CouncilHome - NSW Aboriginal Land Council (alc.org.au)The State's peak representative body in Aboriginal Affairs, the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council aims to protect the interests and further the aspirations of its members and the broader Aboriginal community. NSWALC is the largest member based Aboriginal organisation in NSW.
Bushfire Technology
Digital Earth Australia HotspotsDigital Earth Australia Hotspots (ga.gov.au)Digital Earth Australia Hotspots is a national bushfire monitoring system that provides timely information about hotspots to emergency service managers across Australia. The mapping system uses satellite sensors to detect areas producing high levels of infrared radiation (called Hotspots) to allow users to identify potential fire locations with a possible risk to communities and property.
Australian Emergency Management Location Informationhttps://emlink.net.au/Emergency Management Link (EM-LINK) catalogue may be accessed by Australia, state and territory government agencies. In special cases it can also be accessed by non-government agencies that directly support the Australian emergency management sector.
Aerosol Sampling Programhttps://www.ansto.gov.au/our-science/projects/aerosol-sampling-program/highlights-aerosol-samplingANSTO plays a leading role in measuring and characterising fine particles from a range of locations around Australia and internationally.
ELVIS (Elevation Information System)Elvis (fsdf.org.au)Spatial Services contributes elevation data to the national portal, Elevation and Depth – Foundation Spatial Data (ELVIS) which can be freely downloaded. This data is especially useful to organisations involved in planning and managing land use and the natural environment, ensuring a more sustainable future for the people of NSW.
Defence Experimentation Airborne PlatformDefence Experimentation Airborne Platform (DEAP) | DSTDefence scientists are making a direct contribution to the Australian Defence Force’s response to the bushfire crisis using a research aircraft to assist in monitoring fire activity and conduct damage assessments.
ACCESS (Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator)Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS) (csiro.au)ACCESS is a family of related models, configured for specific applications, to meet operational and research needs from weather forecasting to climate projections.
ArcGIS ToolboxBushfire data hub | Esri AustraliaAccess the most complete, up-to-date information about active fires as provided by Australia's state-based emergency services authorities.
Australian Exposure Information PlatformAustralian Exposure Information Platform (ga.gov.au)AEIP  makes nationally consistent exposure information, directly accessible to key stakeholders involved in emergency management situation awareness, risk assessments, impact analysis research, and disaster management.
BoM Atmospheric Regional Reanalysis for AustraliaBureau Research (bom.gov.au)The Bureau of Meteorology Atmospheric high-resolution Regional Reanalysis for Australia (BARRA) is the first of its kind for the Australian region.
Bushfire Testing Facilities
Arc Training Centre for Fire Retardant Materials SafetyARC Training Centre for Fire Safety – ARC Training Centre for Fire Retardant Materials and Safety TechnologiesArc Training Centre for Fire Retardant Materials Safety offers fire safety testing facilities to solve real world fire engineering challenges
CSIROFire Testing – Infrastructure Technologies (csiro.au)The CSIRO Fire Science and Technology Laboratory combines expertise and full-scale fire test capabilities to simulate a wide range of fire scenarios, providing a unique fire research, consulting and testing facility to industry.
CSIRO'S SPARKSpark – A wildfire simulation toolkit for researchers and experts in the disaster resilience field. (csiro.au)Spark is a wildfire simulation toolkit for researchers and experts in the disaster resilience field.
Firetech Connect Living LabFiretech Living Lab (firetechconnect.com)Firetech  Connect provides a fit-for-purpose Bushland Lab to trial physical solutions and a Data Lab where solutions for prediction, detection, analysis, co-ordination & communication can be trialed & showcased
Fire & Rescue NSWTesting and capabilities - Fire and Rescue NSWFRNSW is one of a few fire services in the world with a dedicated Fire Research Team and fire testing capability. The Fire Research Program is augmented by a dedicated, purpose-built Fire Testing and Research Facility with flexible test structures, state-of-the-art data acquisition systems, sensors, and equipment. 
National Measurement Institute (NMI)National Measurement Institute | Department of Industry, Science and ResourcesNMI conducts urgent testing for PFAS in response to concerns about around the use of fire retardants and potential run-off into drinking water catchments and provides analytical services to state and Australian Government regulators on bushfire-related contamination 
FirestoryFirestory – Turning almost limitless amounts of bushfire data into decision making intelligenceFirestory is a cloud-based data and Artificial Intelligence platform for managing bushfires. By using the latest cloud technology, Firestory turns almost limitless amounts of bushfire data into decision-making intelligence.
Grants for Bushfire-Related Innovative Technologies
Bushfire Technology Pilots Program (BTPP)Bushfire Technology Pilots Program | Chief Scientist (nsw.gov.au)The BTPP enables NSW businesses to commercialise field-ready technology for bushfire-related applications through the trial or pilot of technology with end-user agencies.  The program aims to improve end-user agencies' awareness of innovation possibilities in bushfire management and operations through exposure to new technology.
Bushfire Commercialisation FundBushfire Commercialisation Fund | Chief Scientist (nsw.gov.au)The BCF targets innovative devices/systems within Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 – 7 to help them move along the TRL scale and enable them to attract large-scale private investment.
Australian Research Council (ARC)ARC funding schemes | Australian Research CouncilThe ARC grants are competitively awarded to individuals, research teams and large scale centres through two broad arms under the National Competitive Grants Program: Discovery Program with a primary focus on supporting individuals and small teams; and Linkage Program which creates links outside universities, with industry and other partners and stimulates research impact.
AusIndustry Grantshttps://business.gov.auAusIndustry grants aim to accelerate commercialisation, business growth and innovation connections
Minderoo FoundationFire Shield | Fire and Flood Resilience | The Minderoo FoundationMinderoo Foundation’s Wildfire and Disaster Resilience Program (WDRP) Mission Fire Shield aims to reduce the impact of fires through better detection, information sharing, prediction and response.
CSIRO SME Connect programsSME Connect programs - CSIROCSIRO SME Connect programs provides a summary of innovation support programs
Bushfire News
AFAC 23AFAC23 powered by INTERSCHUTZ | Home (afacconference.com.au)Australasia’s largest and most comprehensive emergency management conference and exhibition organised by AFAC, Deutsche Messe and the Institution of Fire Engineers (Australia).
NSW Bushfire Technology
The Current State & Challenges
NSW Fire Technology and Challenges