Research leader

Dr Danielle Every Research Leader

Research team

Associate Prof Chris Bearman
A/Prof Chris Bearman Research Team
Dr Amy Reynolds Research Team
Dr Larissa Clarkson Research Team
Dr Raymond Matthews Research Team
Laura Haigh Research Team
Prof Drew Dawson Research Team

End User representatives

Peta O'Donohue End-User

This project was commissioned and funded entirely by the Country Fire Service, SA.

This project was commissioned and funded entirely by the Country Fire Service, SA. The Sampson Flat fire in January 2015 was the most destructive fire in the Adelaide Hills for more than 30 years, burning 12,569 hectares of public and private lands with losses including 24 homes, 146 other structures, five businesses and much livestock and fencing.

Following this fire, the CFS commissioned the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC to undertake research on the community’s bushfire experience focusing on bushfire safety, the CFS Community Fire Safe program and information and warnings. Researchers from CQUniversity completed the research.

The research presented in this report specifically targeted three key issues for CFS bushfire safety initiatives.

  1. Identifying from the Sampson Flat fire the potential implications for similar South Australian communities including the Adelaide Hills region as a whole.
  2. Evaluating the impacts of the Community Fire Safe group program on key aspects of bushfire safety behavior.
  3. Assessing the suitability of information and messaging for people living in the peri-urban fringe.
Year Type Citation
2017 Journal Article McLennan, J., Every, D., Bearman, C. & Wright, L. On the concept of denial of natural hazard risk and its use in relation to householder wildfire safety in Australia. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 21, 176-186 (2017).
2016 Conference Paper Every, D. "I think I'm going to be frightened out of my wits" psychological preparedness and vulnerability: insights from the Sampson Flat fire. AFAC16 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Conference Paper Rumsewicz, M. Research proceedings from the 2016 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC conference. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC annual conference 2016 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Journal Article Every, D. et al. Contacts versus connectors: The role of Community Fire Safe Group coordinators in achieving positive bushfire safety outcomes. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 19, (2016).
2016 Report Every, D. et al. Capturing community experiences in the 2015 Sampson Flat fire. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
Lisel O'Dwyer Conference Poster 2016
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