Closing of the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre may be averted

Bushfire CRCLast week Wildfire Today reported on the possible closing of Australia’s Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre due to a lack of funding. The federal government has reversed their stance and is prepared to provide $47 million for another eight years of financing beginning July 1, while expanding their role to include floods, earthquakes, cyclones and tsunamis. The Centre has been actively involved in researching bushfire-fighting technology, extreme fire behavior, firefighter safety, and prescribed burning strategies. Shutting it down would be similar to the United States government closing the Fire Sciences Laboratories in Missoula and Riverside.

In order for the Centre to remain open, the states and territories will have to make similar funding commitments. If it continues to exist, it will be renamed the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.

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About Bill Gabbert

Wildland fire has been a major part of Bill Gabbert’s life for several decades. After growing up in the south, he migrated to southern California where he lived for 20 years, working as a wildland firefighter. Later he took his affinity for firefighting to Indiana and eventually the Black Hills of South Dakota where he was the Fire Management Officer for a group of seven national parks. Today he is the creator and owner of and Sagacity Wildfire Services and serves as an expert witness in wildland fire. If you are interested in wildland fire, welcome… grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up. Google+