Research leader

Andrew Gissing Research Leader
Dr Katharine Haynes Research Leader

Research team

Lucinda Coates Research Team
James O'Brien Research Team
Foster Langbein Research Team

End User representatives

Amanda Leck End-User
Geoff Kaandorp End-User
Julie Harris End-User

Commissioned by the Metropolitan Fire Brigade Melbourne, the objectives of this project are to:

  • Create a record of all preventable/ accidental residential fire fatalities since the end of the AFAC 2005 study.
  • Identify specific socio-demographic characteristics, risk factors and other related information associated with victims of residential fire that are noted by the coroner.
  • For the largest cohort(s) of fire victims (predicted to be older people based on previous research), identify how many were recipients of government funded community aged care services prior to their death.
  • Better understand the prevalence of socio-demographic characteristics associated with fire victims in the community based on ABS data, including a projection of future risk.

Outcomes of this research may include a record of all preventable/accidental residential fire fatalities since the end of the AFAC 2005 study; identification of specific socio-demographic characteristics, risk factors and other related information associated with victims of residential fire that are noted by the coroner; for the largest cohort(s) of fire victims (predicted to be older people based on previous research), evidence of how many were recipients of government funded community aged care services prior to their death; and better understanding of the prevalence of socio-demographic characteristics associated with fire victims in the community based on ABS data, including a projection of future risk.