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Cost and outcomes associated with participating in the community fireguard program: experiences from the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia

Gibbs, L., Sia, K-L., Block, K., Baker, E., Nelsson, C., Gilbert, J., Cook, A. and MacDougall, C. 2015, Cost and outcomes associated with participating in the community fireguard program: experiences from the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia, International journal of disaster risk reduction, vol. 13, pp. 375-380, doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2015.07.016.

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Title Cost and outcomes associated with participating in the community fireguard program: experiences from the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Gibbs, L.
Sia, K-L.
Block, K.
Baker, E.
Nelsson, C.
Gilbert, J.
Cook, A.
MacDougall, C.
Journal name International journal of disaster risk reduction
Volume number 13
Start page 375
End page 380
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-09-01
ISSN 2212-4209
Keyword(s) Bushfire
Community
Disaster preparedness
Economic
Shared responsibility
Summary 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 societal perspective, including all costs and benefits regardless of who bears the costs, who receives the benefits or who provides the resources. The analysis uses data from a previous review of the program and estimates of costs and benefits over ten years, assuming each region faces a 10-year risk of major bushfire and the CFG group learnings would last ten years. Totalled over ten years, the cost per Fireguard Group for the program is $10,884, with a range of $2697-$19,071, and in the event of a major bushfire the predicted savings from reduced property loss is $732,747 and from reduced fatality $1.4 million. Even if the risk of major bushfire event in a region were one in 100 years, the estimated cost savings in a 100-year period is $217,116 per group. The value of the psychosocial impacts was not calculated, as quantitative data are currently not available.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2015.07.016
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30078278

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Population Health
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