Fire-Ed Up Scenario 1:
Welcome to the Fire Detection Technology supplementary page for the stage 5 iSTEM, Fire-Ed Up Unit of Work. This is a resource site setup to support teachers to implement the Fire-Ed Up Program.
Fire-Ed Up is funded by the NSW Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer, developed from Central Coast Council’s Award Winning program and produced by the Hunter Innovation and Science Hub.
Unit Background –
Australian Fire Danger Rating System
In 2022 Australia introduced a new fire danger rating system providing clearer and more accurate information to communities at risk of bush fire. The Australian Fire Danger Rating System brings together the latest science and knowledge of fire behaviour, is supported by extensive community research, and is the most significant change to the fire danger rating system in more than 50 years.
The previous fire danger rating system was found to be approximately 40% accurate whilst the new reporting system is now more than 60%, but there is room for improvement.
Fire Detection Technology: Develop a cost-effective, deployable technology to detect bushfires early. This may include microcomputer technologies, sensors, satellites, robotics, AI systems, or data analysis techniques for rapid detection of potential fire conditions.
Research tools available
Develop a cost-effective, deployable technology to detect bushfires early.
Investigate these and more:
- Microcomputer technologies
- AI systems
- Data analysis techniques
Questions to consider:
- What is available?
- What status are these technologies?
- How are they deployed?
- How can they be improved?
Video Based Resources
The following are a mixture of Fire-ED Up original video resources and others that you might find useful.
New technologies in bushfire management
Deb Sparkes from AFAC National Projects and Innovation speaks about the upcoming technologies being used to manage, predict and prevent bushfires (21:36 minutes).
About Digital Twins with Nominal Systems
Careers in Space with with Harrison Verrios
NSW firefighters embrace new fire technology
The NSW Government is funding new firefighting technology with hopes it will help frontline workers worldwide. These include digital tags for trucks & equipment to ensure everything that is needed can be tracked quickly (1:02 minutes)
Inside a bushfire research facility
Inside CSIRO’s world-class bushfire research facility where scientists work to better understand how bushfires behave, what conditions make them worse, and the best ways to respond. (2:47 Minutes)
Drones for fighting bushfires and aiding recovery
Drones are becoming an important tool in fighting bushfires… from detecting hot-spots & mapping damage to repair powerlines (1:58 Minutes)
Bushfire app assisting residents during fire season
The bushfire.io app provides a national view of fire events, fire spots, road closures, weather, and other critical bushfire information. (3:42 Minutes)
AI app assisting firefighters to minimise bushfires
Artificial intelligence could help predict devastating bushfires. Work is being done to create apps for both the public and firefighters to yuse. (1:14 Minutes)
Thermal imagery during a bushfire
Aerial footage taken with a thermal aerial video at Mallacoota on 31 December 2019 at 11pm shows the extent of the bushfire front in the East Gippsland area. (1:13 Minutes)
How do NPWS firefighters use helicopters?
Helicopters are essential for fighting remote fires in NSW national parks, where fire crews can be dropped with all their equipment for up to 24 hours (0:40 minutes)
How do NPWS firefighters find hot spots on fires?
Hear how NPWS firefighters use technology like lightning detection systems and FLIR (forward-looking infrared camera) to fight bushfires (0:50 Minutes)
How can data help stop bushfires in their tracks?
How can mapping of bushfire-prone areas help reduce the impacts of future bushfires? Hear from Dr Chandrama Sarker’s team at @CSIRO to learn more (1:32 Minutes)
How technology is reshaping the future of wildfires
Firefighters use many tools to fight wildfires such as drones, robots, satellites and radars, dragon eggs, fire retardants, fire-fighting foams, superabsorbent polymer gels and more. (7:08 Minutes)
Could artificial intelligence reduce wildfire impact?
What if the satellites orbiting above Australia could detect very small fires before they became problematic? This is the challenge facing UniSA PhD student Liang Zhao. (2:49 Minutes)
Australian Fire Danger Rating System
Core Electronics Fire-Ed Up Guide
NSW RFS – Fires Near Me Website
Bushfire Prepare WA Government
CSIRO Guide to rate of fire spread models for Australian Vegetation
Australian Bureau of Meteorology
NSW Rural Fire Service – Neighbourhood Safer Places
NSW Department of Education – Bushfire and Grassfire Risk Ratings Categories
Mindtools – Brainstorming
iTEachSTEM – Orthogonal Sketching
iTEachSTEM Pictorial Sketching
iTEachSTEM Annotated rendered sketches
iTEachSTEM – Making a Prototype
iTEachSTEM – Iterate and Test
Online RFS Bushfire Survival plan
Bushfire Survival Plan PDF version
NSW RFS Firefighter Pocketbook – Android
NSW RFS Firefighter Pocketbook – IOS
Hazards Near Me – Android
Hazards Near Me – IOS
Himawari-8 Satellite Viewer Introduction Video
Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s Satellite Viewer Site
Spatial Information eXchange
NSW Department of Education – Digital Learning Selector
Splat3D – Drawing the core 3D Shapes Playlist
AVA Define and Identify – Dr Nick De Leon from the Royal College of Art