BURNING AMBITION – TERTIARY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSHFIRE PROFESSIONALS

BURNING AMBITION – TERTIARY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSHFIRE PROFESSIONALS

Gottstein Fellow Tina Bell investigated the opportunities available to bushfire professionals for tertiary education in Australia and compared it to what was available in the US and Canada.   With the demise of many of the traditional forest science courses in Australian universities, the lack of tertiary education opportunities in fire behaviour and fire ecology for land management and forest managers has declined.  Recommendations included that there should be a formal review of the depth and breadth of tertiary level education related to fire theory and practice available in Australia should be undertaken and that the need for a “common curriculum” across Australia in tertiary fire courses be examined, and possibly defined, via an collaborative process between industry, government and fire agencies.


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