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Thomas Duff

Year of Award: 2015 Award State: Victoria Emergency Services > Fire And Rescue
The Lord Mayor's Bushfire Appeal Churchill Fellowship to investigate examples of extreme fire behaviour to improve the Australian bushfire model - UK, Portugal, USA
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A key outcome of the travel is the recognition that Australian research into fire has been occurring relatively independently of other fire prone countries of the world and there are great opportunities for us to improve our understanding of fire by combining recent findings that from other countries.

By improving our understanding of key processes, we'll be able to better predict what bushfires will do and have better insight into the precautions that need to be taken. Specific outcomes from the fellowship that will be disseminated throughout Australia include:

- The development of collaborative international projects into embers, flammability and fire extinction. New findings will be able to be directly implemented into PHOENIX RapidFire, a model currently being used by Australian fire agencies.

- The establishment of cooperative research exchanges. As a result of the fellowship, a number of researchers are looking to build relationships with Australian fire agencies to share resources and methods. Australia has frequent severe fires, so it provides unique opportunities for researchers to study particular rare fire phenomena. 

My work also requires that I directly interact with fire agency staff, including both managers and operational decision makers - As outcomes from the upcoming studies come to hand I intend to ensure that the benefits are directly passed on to the research end users.

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