During the 2010 trial, the German National Co-ordinator of Forest Fire Surveillance visited Australia (22 February – 10 March) to share Germany’s experience of the bushfire early warning detection system.
The German National Co-ordinator of Forest Fire Surveillance is a member and official advisor in disaster management to the State Government of Brandenburg and is the Head of the FireWatch Operations Centre in Wunsdorf.
Germany has been operating a network of FireWatch sensors for the past 20 years and has reduced the area of forest burned by over 70-90% per annum. The German National Co-ordinator of Forest Fire Surveillance is responsible for establishing and operating this network of FireWatch sensors including 178 towers and 22 Control Rooms.
The following presentation describes Germany’s experience of implementing the FireWatch technology.