Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Gender and Wildfire

YouTube video description: "Dr Christine Eriksen from the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research (AUSCCER) discusses her new book "Gender and Wildfire: Landscapes of Uncertainty". The book examines bushfire awareness and preparedness amongst women, men, households, communities and agencies at the interface between city and beyond. It does so through an examination of two regions where bushfires are common and disastrous: southeast Australia and the west coast United States. Christine follows women's and men's stories of surviving, fighting, evacuating, living and working with bushfire to reveal the intimate inner workings of bushfire response -- and especially the culturally and historically distinct gender relations that underpin bushfire resilience."

 Wildland Fire Leadership Challenge - Digging a Little Deeper
  • In a small group, discuss Dr. Eriksen's research. 
    • Do men and women handle risk differently?
    • Beyond asset defense, how does information transfer to  the fireline? Do male and female wildland firefighters approach risk management differently?
    • Discuss Ericksen's contention that people in the U.S. are "seen as a liability and want them out."
    • The feelings of competence and confidence are predominately personal in nature. What can be done to help team members build competency and confidence?

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