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Originally posted by ANNED
One that fire survival should be a required course in all high schools.
and this means not only how to survive a house fire but how to survive wild lands fires.
All communities in brush-fire areas should have what fire fighter call "safe zones". 5 to 10 acres of cleared area for people to go to as a last resort.
In the US we use military air craft extensivly in fire fighting.
many of the non military firefighting air craft are ex military
Originally posted by iced_blue
I'm surprised there wasn't already a thread on this.
The worst thing about these fires is that people are re-lighting them. some people are just sick.
News Update : Death Toll has risen to 65
The policy trains people to defend their homes and is being considered for adoption in California. But in these fires, 'the conditions were just too extreme,' and lives were lost.
Even as firefighters in the state of Victoria struggle to reach stricken communities, authorities say that some people were killed while actively defending their homes, a choice that researchers say has rarely resulted in death. In addition, authorities expect that a large number of fatalities will have occurred in highway crashes during panicked evacuations, the very scenario the Australian policy seeks to avoid.
According to Australian fire researchers, the vast majority of deaths occur when residents race onto smoke-obscured roads, often littered with downed trees, charred wildlife or emergency vehicles. Reports from over the weekend, when hundreds of fires raced across southeastern Australia fanned by high winds, suggest that in some hard-hit communities residents organized convoys of vehicles that fled one fire only to be consumed by another.
"What seems to have happened in some cases was people had a perception that a wave of fire was coming over the hill at them and they ran from that," said Kevin Tolhurst, a fire researcher at the University of Melbourne. "But in fact they may have been surrounded by
Politicians have been warned not to play the blame game as debate starts about the causes of the savage fires in Victoria.
The bodies of about 100 people killed in the fires have been transferred to the Coroner's office in Melbourne. Teams from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine will soon begin analysing them. The Institute's director, Professor Steven Cordner, says his team is prepared for the arrival of additional bodies over the coming days. "Our planning has been on the basis of accommodating perhaps up to 300 people, but that's got nothing to do with what is being expected," he said. "That is simply for planning purposes, so we hope of course it is going to be considerably less than that." Professor Cordner says it is possible some of the bodies will be too badly burned to identify. "It is important I think that people appreciate the effects of fire," he said. "There will be some cases unfortunately, where it will be impossible to identify people." Bushfires across Victoria have so far claimed more than 173 lives.