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Fighting fire without fire

By: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

Category: Health & Safety, Planning & Research

  11.11 AM 27 June, 2013

Location: General

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The Bushfire CRC's Fire Note 111, Awake, smoky and hot - fighting fire without fire, outlines the research simulation developed to discover more about the combined effects of smoke exposure, high temperatures and sleep deprivation on firefighters.

Exposure to smoke and high temperatures, coupled with little sleep, can impair firefighters’ cognitive (mental) and physical capacities on the fireground. This Fire Note presents research currently being undertaken to discover more about the combined effects of these stressors by simulating bushfire suppression activities indoors, controlling temperature, carbon monoxide levels and the sleeping environment. A short video that shows the simulation in action can be viewed on the Bushfire CRC YouTube channel.

Importantly, the simulation has been developed with input from firefighters. Firefighters are still required to assist with this study - you can register you interest in participating on the CQUniversity website.

View this Fire Note, and all previous issues, at

Fire Notes are research summaries in easy to understand language from the Bushfire CRC, which is conducting research into the social, environmental and economic impacts of bushfires.

Last Updated: 27 June 2013