Journal article

Cost and outcomes associated with participating in the Community Fireguard Program Experiences from the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia

L Gibbs, K-L Sia, K Block, E Baker, C Nelsson, J Gilbert, A Cook, C MacDougall

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DISASTER RISK REDUCTION | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2015

Abstract

There is increasing recognition of the importance of shared responsibility between community and government in supporting community preparedness in disaster risk reduction programs. However, there is limited evidence to support decision making about how best to allocate resources. This paper presents an economic analysis of the Community Fireguard Program coordinated by the Country Fire Authority in Victoria, Australia. The economic analysis evaluates the costs and benefits of the Community Fireguard program (estimated in 2012 Australian dollars) to determine the efficiency of the program in terms of its outcomes of loss of life and property loss in the event of a bushfire. We take a societa..

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