A NSW Government Department
We were commissioned to conduct an analysis of Post Fire Research practices currently undertaken by RFS. The objectives of this analysis were to understand:
The needs of end users (those who will use the data) with regard to Post Fire Research;
Whether current research questions are meeting these needs;
Whether the current research methodology and approach is meeting these needs; and
Based on this analysis, develop recommendations for future practices.
The project adopted a participatory approach based on consultation with stakeholders and end users for Post Fire Research. The consultation program is outlined below.
Consultation with internal staff:
- Eight staff members participated in the Post Fire Research workshop facilitated by our consultants;
- One staff member provided additional information and input following the workshop; and
- In-depth interviews undertaken with the following internal staff members, including the:
Supervisor, Bush Fire Planning – Community Resilience, Operations;
Operations Manager; and
Community Engagement Manager.
Consultation with external stakeholders:
- Seven external stakeholders participated in the Post Fire Research workshop from the following organisations:
Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC);
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO);
NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI);
Tasmania Fire Service (TFS);
University of Wollongong (UOW); and
Western Sydney University (WSU).
We then proceeded to collate all stakeholders’ views on:
Current Post Fire Research focus, method and tools; and
The future of Post Fire Research, and how this can best respond to the needs of stakeholders.
Throughout the consultation process there was a high level of engagement and participation from staff and stakeholders who were keen to ensure that Post Fire Research practices were continued in a way that would provide optimal outcomes to end users.
In addition to developing a series of project management tools, we developed a final report outlining key findings and recommendations in relation to governance.