CDU Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL)
Fire and Emergency Management Training Initiative
The WCE initiative includes a section devoted to developing new training for remote communities in fire and emergency management. The idea stems from the concerns many people in communities have that current training does not meet their needs in the 21st Century. In order to manage fire, to capitalise on emerging land and fire management opportunities and to use the vast store of Traditional fire knowledge, the training had to adapt. The new training draws on both traditional and local Indigenous knowledges to develop capacity and competence in fire and land management but will also create meaningful and relevant pathways to higher education.
The WCE initiative in collaboration with the Bushfires and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC) and the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods is developing courses that will build the bridge between local Traditional knowledge and current scientific knowledge about fire and emergency management.
In 2016, we will be capturing local knowledge about different fire management requirements for varying landforms and clan estates for each of the communities where we intend to pilot the training. The courses will be completed by April and we hope to ‘pilot’ them in the middle of the year. The pilots will be delivered in Gunbalanya and Maningrida and then further refined to make sure they do match the vision of the community.
The training is designed to give participants the knowledge, competence and confidence to manage the land according to the appropriate cultural plan, but more importantly it will help them understand that there is a place for Higher Education in their own plans for the future on country.
For more information about RIEL, visit the RIEL website