Andrew Clarke

Andrew Clarke

PhD student
Andrew Clarke

I started my working career as an educator, completing a BTeach/BArts at the University of Newcastle, NSW in 2000. I have taught in a myriad of education roles in both NSW and Tasmania from classroom teacher to assistant principal and everything in between. In 2009 I left full-time teaching to pursue a career as a firefighter with the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS). I currently work with the Launceston Fire Brigade as a Senior Firefighter and on-shift HAZMAT instructor. I enrolled in my Honours Degree in Education (Research) at UTAS in 2014 and completed it in 2015. My Honours Dissertation was used to undertake the first empirically based evaluation of the TFS School Fire Education Program, where I investigated the retention of the Key Fire Safety Messages.  At the beginning of 2016 I started my Doctoral degree in psychology through Central Queensland University (CQU), under the supervision of Professor Kevin Ronan (CQU), Dr Briony Towers (RMIT) and Dr Winyu Chinthammit (UTAS). This project titled 'A Mixed Methodological Evaluation of the effectiveness of Key Safety Messages in dealing with stressful structural fire environments,' will attempt to shed some light on the effectiveness of Key Safety Messages under emergency conditions.

Away from work and study I enjoy spending time with my wife, three children and our dogs. Any spare time (which there seems to be less and less of) is spent camping, bush-walking and mountain biking. I am trying to learn to play the banjo in my down time but at this stage have a very long way to go.

Student project

The main aim of this research into the School Fire Education Program is to evaluate and establish the level of its effectiveness across a number of cohorts and across time. Within that overall aim, a more targeted aim of this research is to investigate and review Key Safety Messages by examining their retention and application (including under stress) at the completion of the SFEP.
Supervisory panel:
This should be of alarm to everyone
18 Sep 2018
Tasmanian Fire Service are undergoing a rigorous process of evaluating their School Fire Education...
What is missing in disaster resilience education evaluations?
29 Jun 2017
There is a real need in disaster resilience education for a more complete evaluation process by...
Andrew Clarke Conference Poster 2016
12 Aug 2016
This study investigated the retention of Key Fire Safety Messages (KFSM) by students and their...

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