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The Independent Bushfire Group is 12 non-aligned bushfire practitioners, fire managers, land managers, fire researchers and ecologists with over 400 years of collective experience in bushfires, land management and fire ecology across a range of fire landscapes. The group focuses on practical firefighting issues. A version of this report, authored by the Independent Bushfire Group (IBG), was submitted to the NSW Independent Bushfire Inquiry in June 2020.
Climate change is causing more frequent and intense bushfires across much of eastern Australia. We must adapt to our increasingly dangerous fire climate. We must make fires smaller and improve community resilience.
We believe firefighters deserve to be supported with the best systems and strategies. We are putting forward comprehensive recommendations for improved operational performance, systems development and research priorities for bushfire management in NSW and beyond.
We recommend changes to fire management that will:
We suggest the greatest gains can be made from improvements to risk-based strategic thinking, research, initial attack, suppression strategies, critical skills and operational reviews.
Opportunities and Key Recommendations for improvement are summarised below.
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