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Mission: Fire Shield

What if a fire never became a disaster?

NSW Continues Bushfire Battle Following Heatwave

An ACT Rural Fire Service member watches water-bombing operations take place on a fire at Sandhills. Photo Credit: Brendon Thorne.

The mission

Our goal by 2025 is to reduce the scale and impact of bushfires by being able to extinguish dangerous fires within an hour. Fires become more difficult to extinguish the longer they burn and the larger they become. Detecting and responding to fires quickly can minimise the scale of a fire and therefore its potential negative impacts.

We may not always want to extinguish fires quickly, given the role of fire in regenerating the landscape and native plant species, but we need to have the capability to extinguish fires that have the potential to become a disaster.

Emergency Management Australia and state-based fire services play an essential role as a key end user for this mission. We will work closely with them to ensure Fire Shield outcomes can be integrated for the best possible impact.

Fire Shield mission video

Our approach

Our goal is that fires are detected early and accurately. They are monitored to provide real-time knowledge for appropriate response.

We aim to develop solutions for the Australian context, which can be applied globally and may provide opportunities for commercial export, to be realised by other parties. We will use the blueprint evidence base to identify outcome-focused actions and targets for the following priorities. A number of pilot projects are underway with partners to test and learn with a view to scaling solutions over time.

Satellite imagery of the Sydney fires

A satellite image of bushfire smoke over Sydney, Australia – December 21,2019. Photo Credit: Orbital Horizon / Copernicus Sentinel Data 2020 / Gallo Images via Getty Images.

Areas of focus

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Detect

Immediately identify fires from the ground, air and space.

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Share

Share information in real time for immediate decisions.

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Predict

Have a forward view of what a fire will do.

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Respond

Incorporate new response capabilities to enhance speed and effectiveness.

Mission projects

“Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience initiative shares a common goal with AFAC of seeing an Australia that is more resilient to natural disaster. Our partnership on the blueprint and missions allows us to bring together the expertise of emergency services with the support and diverse experience of the Fire and Flood Resilience partners. We look forward to working together in the important next stage of the initiative.”

Stuart Ellis AM
Chief Executive Officer, Australiasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council

“Resilience NSW has partnered closely with Minderoo Foundation on the popular temporary accommodation pod program for bushfire-affected communities. Minderoo Foundation has delivered strongly on the ground in its response and recovery efforts and has demonstrated it is a good partner to government in accelerating outcomes. We are looking forward to continuing to team with Minderoo Foundation as we move beyond response and recovery activities to focus on lifting community and state level resilience.”

Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM
Commissioner, Resilience NSW / Deputy Secretary Emergency Management

“The Insurance Council of Australia supports the Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience Blueprint. The blueprint is the first of its kind. It brings together public and private sector experts to collaborate on improving Australia’s natural disaster and extreme weather resilience. The data-driven approach and the focus on actionable change aligns with the ICA’s Climate Change Action Committee’s goal of maintaining an insurable Australia in the face of a changing climate.”

Tom Davies
Special Risks Climate Change, Insurance Council of Australia

“KPMG Australia is pleased to collaborate with Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience initiative, recognising the importance of robust data management and decision support systems to ensure we speed detection and response times to fires and floods.”

Mason Davies
Partner, KPMG Australia

Our missions

Fire Shield

Reducing the impact of fires through better detection, information sharing, prediction and response.

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