‘This is Ridiculous – We can and Must do Better’

It’s 2021, and with the current situation the way it is, it’s damned ridiculous for it to continue. Out of Control Bushfires that is. In 1953 Watson and Crick discovered the double helix of DNA and massive improvements in science. In 1961 JFK said let’s put a man on the moon before the end of the decade and in 1969 they did. In 2012 the sensationally named ‘God particle’ was confirmed in a Large Hadron Collider on the French/Swiss border and quantum physics leapt forward.

As great as all those discoveries were and are, where are we with fire? I’m not talking about preparing for fire, no the consequences of fire, or the content and direction of smoke, or the impact on communities. These are all important but are contingent on the physics, chemistry and quantum mechanics of fire. So, let start with fire itself, let’s admit how little we know and show some leadership, politically, scientifically, economically, for the communities we all serve. As Einstein said, let’s ‘change our way of thinking’. This paper will present a radical way in how we deal with fire, worldwide and in Australia. It will propose a big, audacious goal to solve the problem, radical new ways of thinking about our response to fire, new and innovative tools, tactics and strategies. It is ridiculous, dangerous and unnecessary that with the science and technology available we do not solve this issue. We can and we must do better.


Graeme Thom AFSM Founder and CEO GT & Associates

Fire officer 41 years. Acting Assistant Commissioner, Brisbane Fire Commander, Executive Manager- Fire Safety, Director Operational Performance. Chaired AFAC’s Built Environment Committee, Vice President of Fire Protection Association. Degree in International Relations, Graduate of Institution Fire Engineers, Diploma Front Line Management/Command & Control in Emergency Management. Awarded commendations, Citations from the Prime Minister, Ministers, Director’s General and Fire Service & Police Commissioners, the Australian Centenary Medal, the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM). Remains passionate protecting life, property and the envirnonment and about fire safety, fire services and disaster and emergency management at the local, state, national and international level.