The complete, comprehensive, unequaled guide to bushfire safety in Australia.
Thoroughly researched, with up-to-date information on every aspect of the subject.
A background to bushfires, bushfire cycles, bushfire behavior, how to prepare for bushfire season, the decision—evacuate or stay?—and what to do when bushfire threatens are all covered.
About the Author
Joan Webster has probably done more than any other private individual to help people and their homes to be safer during a bushfire.
TheComplete Bushfire Safety Book caused a revolution in bushfire safety for the public when it was first published in 1986 and is acclaimed by fire authorities as the most comprehensive and authoritative book on the subject.
Many concepts now familiar in official bushfire brochures were devised by Joan Webster OAM and first published in TheComplete Bushfire Safety Book. They include: the a bushfire safety plan, the, actions lists of what to do at various stages of bushfire threat, the personal Survival Kit, protective window shutters, special needs of children and the frail, care of pets, holiday safety and safety for precious possessions.
Her ground-breaking analysis of the stay-go dilemma in 1986 helped shape official policy. Her book is used as a resource by fire and emergency authorities and government departments throughout Australia and to train their officers. Readers praise its readability.
In 1990 she received the Australian Fire Protection Association’s Community Service Award, and in 2010 was awarded The Order of Australia Medal. She is an award-winning journalist and poet, who has written extensively on bushfire safety for the public since 1965.
"I commend this book to every Australian . . . It could save your life." —N.P. Cheney, CSIRO Bushfire Behaviour and Management Group
"An outstanding work. The book is clear, well-organized and, as its title says, complete on its subject. Beyond these virtues, it is a thoroughly absorbing read. Its readiest market in the United States most certainly would be in California and Oregon." —Tain P. Tompkins, Embassy of the United States of America in Australia for Ambassador Lane
"A significant book. Extremely important information for the general public presented in such a readable manner." —Robert Mutch, Disaster Assistance Support Program, US Forest Service, Washington, DC
"Informative, well written, and potentially life saving." —Margaret Fuller, Weisner, USA, author of book on Forest Fires
"This book is so important. I urge you to consider the information and advice and put it into practice . . . It could save your life." —Phil Cheney PSM FIFA, Principal Scientist, National Bushfire Research Unit, CSIRO, Australia
"Essential for house-holders . . . compulsory reading, especially by those who do not think they have a problem." —David Packham, Deputy Director Australian Counter Disaster College and of the National Centre for Rural Fire Research
"There is something for every urban-fringe and country property owner, city holiday-maker and traveller, farmer, hobby farmer, resort proprietor, bushwalker, school, hospital and other institution." —Fire Australia, journal of the Australian Fire Protection Association
"There is no doubt that anyone who reads this book, and gives due weight to the information it contains will survive their next bushfire. No household in a fire prone areas should be without a well read copy. The most authoritative publication of its type available." —The Fireman, Journal of the Country Fire Authority, Victoria, firefighters
"I want every country dweller in NSW to read and understand this book. A masterpiece." —Martin Pedder, New South Wales Bushfire Brigades Association Secretary
"Widely used by our Community Education Officers as one of the principle reference resources in the formation of community fire safe groups." —Euan Ferguson, Chief Officer, South Australian Country Fire Service