Project name: Enhancing Fire Investigation Skills Nationally

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‍Public Contact Details

Name: Dr Kym Turnbull Role in the project:
Project Manager
Phone: 02 62074157
Other team members:

Name: Supt Bob Alexander
Role in the project: Project Manager

Project Manager: Supt. Bob Alexander from FRNSW
Project Manager: Dr Kym Turnbull from CIT
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Project Profile:

Who are the learners and how will they benefit from this project?
The learners are existing fire agency staff who are engaging in the Advanced Diploma of Fire Investigation or the pre-requisite program Triaining Program in Fire Invstigation

Where are your learners located?
Throughout Australia particularly

How will training be delivered?
Using CIT's eLearn LMS which is a Moodle based system. We will use the on-line classroom Adobe Connect to facilitate learning before the trial of the newly developed tools.

Describe the importance of this project for your target learners and explain how it will meet the strategic objective of the E-learning for Participation and Skills funding to utilise innovative e-learning practices and / or high speed broadband-enabled technologies to deliver e-learning projects and strategies which improve individuals’ access to gain pre-vocational skills, skills in priority employment areas, or to pursue educational pathways to gain higher qualifications?

This project aims to engage learners throughout Australia in the area of Fire Dynamics. It will meet the objectives of the VET eLearning for Participation and Skills in several ways:
  • By developing novel approaches to eLearning in the field of Fire Investigation. We will combine both video and still photography with fire modeling data to make an integrative and challenging learning and assessment tool. Students will not only be able to examine the scene thoroughly they will be able to calculate fuel load, heat release rates and temperature differentials using information embedded electronically into the fire scene. The combination of technologies outlined in this application represents a world first in this field. The development of a fuel loading ‘drop and drag’ application will give accurate measurements of the heat release rate of a fire and allow investigators greater accuracy in concluding cause and origin.
  • By improving individuals’ access to skills in priority employment. Fire and Emergency workers (4412) are listed in the DEEWR 2012 list of priority occupations and therefore this project will assist to up skill fire investigators in this important occupation
  • The training tools outlined in this application will be most effective when utilized in a high speed broadband environment as a significant amount of information will be contained within the tools. The success of the project does not rely on high speed connections but it is envisaged that the faster the connectivity the more effective the tools because information is able to be transmitted between the learner and the virtual fire scene more efficiently.

The tools to be developed in this project will form an integral part of the competencies PUAFIR603A Determine origin and cause of wildfire and PUAFIR606A Apply principles of combustion and fire dynamics to fire scene investigation. These competencies focus on understanding the science behind fire development in addition to evidence collection and fire cause and origin. It is envisaged that the tools could be used for both learning and assessment purposes and could form part of capstone training for Fire Investigators in the final part of their qualification. The tools will work most effectively when delivered using high speed broadband and we aim to test the efficacy of the tools under different broadband speeds.
Students undertaking their study in these competencies would not need to travel to larger metropolitan centres to engage in their training. This type of learning tool as part of a broader eLearning package developed at CIT will represent a significant saving to learners and may facilitate learners attaining their qualification earlier because learners are able to study in their own time and not wait for face-to-face courses to scheduled.

What are the intended outcomes from your project, and how you will measure them?
  • Enhanced Fire Investigation skills nationally
  • Novel learning tools that can be adapted as more fire data and fire footage becomes available
  • Novel assessment tools for Fire Investigators
  • Proof of concept that could be adapted for other forensic industries such as crime scene investigation
  • Enhanced networks of fire investigators between the states
The key way to measure the outcomes of this project are the usability results from the surveys that will be delivered during the trials and the uptake of the technology/tools by the fire investigation community.

Describe the learning approach, program and technologies to be used... (Include details about where the training and trials will take place, the number of learners and the qualification, units(s) or skills sets to be delivered.)

Students will enrol into the relevant competencies and engage in a range of learning activities such as quizzes, virtual classroom sessions, forums and discussion groups to build up their skills and knowledge in the areas of scene assessment and fire dynamics. They will use the integrated learning tools outlined in this application to apply their knowledge to a virtual fire scene(s). Once the tools are developed the students will be asked to trial the tool in the various regional and metropolitan areas throughout Australia. Where possible, live streaming will be used to facilitate discussion on the effectiveness of the tools from learners and to assist the learners if required.

Please list 5 key words (metadata) that people can use to find your project:

Fire, Investigation, Science, Dynamics, on-line

Monthly Project Updates
(Please complete minimum of 2 paragraphs each month providing an update of your project)

September 2012
During this period we have been discussing the development of the new tools with potential developers.
A brief has been prepared that will be given to potential developers. Meeting with Uni of NSW to discuss data that will be used in the tools.
Conduct briefings with developers and set time frames for first deliverables.
October 2012
Most of this period will be used to develop on-lin learning materials. This month we will focus on developing high quality formative assessment tools and developing Camtasia based video/powerpoint for eLearn course. Team meeting with CIT/FRNSW
November 2012
Completion of Fire Science components of eLearn course and team meeting to finalise the details for the Developer. Discuss available data and number of fire scenes to be used.
December 2012
Enagage developers and create milestone for production and send data to developer.
January 2013
This month we have been working with Fire and Rescue specialists to develop course material that will be pivotal to the background learning associated with competencies in this project. We have been training and using Camtasia as a platform to deliver some learning material.
February 2013

March 2013

April 2013

May 2013

June 2013

Project wrap up