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AFAC Independent Operational Review of the 2018-19 bushfires

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​The 2018-19 Bushfire season in Tasmania was extraordinary. The state experienced multiple bands of lightning, leaving in their wake an unprecedented number of lightning ignitions in remote wilderness locations sparking over 70 fires. 

It is crucial that we acknowledge the contributions of those who participated in the response to this extraordinary fire campaign, not only those who provided support to Tasmania from interstate, but most importantly the people of Tasmania’s fire agencies and affected communities who worked tirelessly for around 100 days to keep the community safe, many in a volunteer capacity.

Following the 2018-19 bushfires the Tasmanian Government commissioned an independent report by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Council to review the overall response and identify areas where more can be done to improve the State’s response and preparedness capabilities. The Review provides invaluable learnings and recommendations that can help us enhance and improve our cooperative working partnerships between agencies and improve our response and preparedness capabilities. 

Tasmania’s fire agencies will work in partnership, together, and with Government to implement measures identified out of these recommendations to continue to improve and enhance our bushfire preparedness and response capabilities.

Read the report here

Published 17/10/2019