Value of Faster Detection

Speed is Essential

There is a direct link between the time to detect a fire and respond to it, and the liklihood of being able to extinguish it.

 

There is also a direct value that can be placed on faster detection and in March 2020 the ANU released a study showing that there was a potential 30 year $8.2 billion saving to be made by responding to fires within 30 minutes.

 

This is a very achievable target and very worthwhile in terms of economic cost to the country.

 

The paper uses the 2014 Productivity Commission framework for calculating the costs of bushfires and it is worth reviewing the extent of the impact across the community:

The ANU has also published this story which provides a very good overview of the research:


https://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/investing-in-early-fire-detection-could-save-8-billion

The ANU Research Paper

The paper can be read in its entirety here: