Summary

CFA pamphlet titled 'Radiant Heat, The Killer in a Bushfire', published in 2005 and still available after February 2009. It reflects community safety education and emergency response prior to Black Saturday, and recommends actions to be undertaken by the individuals during times of high temperatures or when faced with the radiant heat experienced during periods of high fire danger or in bushfire situations. The publication reflects current and best practice in application of personal and community safety and survival during such a period of risk.

Physical Description

DL pamphlet, colour, cover image of eucalyptus trees with superimposed images of burnt out forests and trees with with hanging bark that could act as fuel for a fire.

Significance

The bushfires of February 2009 have changed forever the way in which we think of fire risk. This collection of public education material still available after Black Saturday shows how difficult it is for authorities to keep pace with creating appropriate, current and relevant publications. The inclusion of both flood and fire information for the same region also illustrates the challenges faced by local government and other authorities when dealing with increasing extremes of climate.

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