Summary

Booklet titled 'Living With Fire' published by the Sunday Herald Sun in 2008. It outlines general information about dealing with bushfires, and lists contact details for assistance in an emergency including those for state government and local emergency authorities.

Physical Description

Colour booklet.

Significance

This publication demonstrates how Black Saturday was beyond anything experienced in Australia prior to February 2009. Our perception of what bushfire risks were was limited to our past experience. In hindsight some of the practices that were encouraged by publications such as this were completely outstripped by the events of Feb 2009. Families and communities following the steps outlined could have led to those living in bushland settings feeling that they would be able to deal with any fire situation, but as the ferocity and unpredictable nature of the fires on Black Saturday demonstrated this was not so. The scale of the February 2009 bushfires were beyond the capacity of the state's emergency and community resources.

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