Fast responses typically reduce the damage caused by fire. Data from the US suggests that 90 per cent of fires that were responded to in up to one hour lasted an average of 14 hours, whereas 90 per cent of fires that were responded to after 72 hours lasted up to 47 days.
If many bushfires of great intensity occur at the same time, there will be a strain on firefighting resources and capacity. Tracking resources across the multiple agencies that fight fires will become more critical to avoid longer response times; a challenge that emergency services are developing tools to address.
Examples of emerging response technologies include:
As larger, longer and more simultaneous fires demand more from our firefighters and firefighting resources, close collaboration between states will be vital. There is a range of promising technologies to trial, adopt, scale and integrate into Australia. Given the range of technologies and protocols that currently exist and compatibility and procedural challenges, new solutions will need to be carefully integrated into existing systems.