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The Complete Bushfire Safety Book


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The complete, comprehensive, unequalled guide to bushfire and wildfire safety in Australia.

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Joan Katherine Webster is an award-winning freelance journalist, a newspaper columnist, poet, broadcaster, stage and television drama and satirical comedy writer, and an historian. Her first book was a children's novel, GATE CRASHED, published in 1976 under the name Joan Seppings. She has also been widely published under the byline Joan Seppings Webster. In 1991 she co-authored, with Sir George Reid, Q.C., M.L.A., his biography IN AND ABOUT PARLIAMENT. In 1987 the first edition of this book was accepted as a nomination for the BHP Pursuit of Excellence awards. In 1988, in recognition of her work on bushfires, Joan Webster was appointed consultant to the Victorian Ministry of Education to advise on bushfire safety in schools and community refuges. In 1990 she received the Australian Fire Protection Association's Community Service Award. She is currently working on another book and teaching Effective Writing classes.


"I commend this book to every Australian . . . It could save your life." --N.P. Cheney, CSIRO Bushfire Behaviour and Management Group
"An outstanding work. The book is clear, well-organized and, as its title says, complete on its subject. Beyond these virtues, it is a thoroughly absorbing read. Its readiest market in the United States most certainly would be in California and Oregon." --Tain P. Tompkins, Embassy of the United States of America in Australia for Ambassador Lane
"A significant book. Extremely important information for the general public presented in such a readable manner." --Robert Mutch, Disaster Assistance Support Program, US Forest Service, Washington, DC
"Informative, well written, and potentially life saving." --Margaret Fuller, Weisner, USA, author of book on Forest Fires
"This book is so important. I urge you to consider the information and advice and put it into practice . . . It could save your life." --Phil Cheney PSM FIFA, Principal Scientist, National Bushfire Research Unit, CSIRO, Australia
"Essential for house-holders . . . compulsory reading, especially by those who do not think they have a problem." --David Packham, Deputy Director Australian Counter Disaster College and of the National Centre for Rural Fire Research
"There is something for every urban-fringe and country property owner, city holiday-maker and traveller, farmer, hobby farmer, resort proprietor, bushwalker, school, hospital and other institution." --Fire Australia, journal of the Australian Fire Protection Association
"There is no doubt that anyone who reads this book, and gives due weight to the information it contains will survive their next bushfire. No household in a fire prone areas should be without a well read copy. The most authoritative publication of its type available." --The Fireman, Journal of the Country Fire Authority, Victoria, firefighters
"I want every country dweller in NSW to read and understand this book. A masterpiece." --Martin Pedder, New South Wales Bushfire Brigades Association Secretary
"Widely used by our Community Education Officers as one of the principle reference resources in the formation of community fire safe groups." --Euan Ferguson, Chief Officer, South Australian Country Fire Service

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