1. Vivien Thomson
    August 28, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    Hi Mal, Sue etc
    I am very passionate about this subject to the point where I wrote a book about Firefighters recovery after experiencing it myself and witnessing others go through the journey. it became very obvious that people, communities and government both local, state and federally did not have any real understanding of the long term effects. By long term I mean 5 to 10 years out from the trauma. Happy to have some discussion about this with you and provide you with a copy of the book so you can see from a Firefighters perspective what can be experienced on a personal basis. If we do not act we will have no firefighters’ in the future. We spend so much money in the areas where there is no great gain. If we do make any gains they are worthless if we do not have the personal to fight our fires. What about the emotional wellbeing of our people. people first. Warm regards
    Vivien Thomson AFSM FARLF
    Muttama NSW


    • RAI Admin
      August 28, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

      Hi Vivien,
      Thanks very much for your input. Certainly we want to shift the way we perceive natural disasters in Australia, we have a tendency to think once everything looks ‘normal’ again it’s all over.
      Feel free to shoot us an email via [email protected] to chat about it further, would be interested in seeing a copy of your book, yes!


  2. Jill Edwards
    August 30, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    Congratulations Regional Australia Institute on such an insightful and informative piece. AFAC shares your desire to advance discussions on all elements of emergency management. Each element is crucial to managing risk and enhancing the resilience of our communities, our institutions, infrastructure and landscape. Working together we can achieve so much more than trying to go it alone.

    Jill Edwards
    Director, Capability and Member Services
    AFAC (Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council)


    • RAI Admin
      September 4, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words Jill. Watch this space for the policy brief to be released in the coming weeks.


  3. rain
    February 20, 2014 @ 4:23 pm

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