Origins & History

In September 1990 Peter Lucas-Smith (The Chief Fire Control Officer for the A.C.T.) launched the FIREBREAK Newsletter with the following:

"... A problem that has continually confronted me since I commenced with the A.C.T. Bush Fire Council, is establishing a means of communicating information to, and recieving information from, all the varied and diverse range of people that make up the A.C.T. bushfire fighters. This information sheet is hopefully the first step in establishing a better two-way communication opportunity.

It is not only a Bush Fire Office or Bush Fire Council information sheet, it is also a means for each brigade and brigade members to have a say, so if you want to say something let's hear from you."

About 4 years later Peter Lucas-Smith approached the A.C.T. Volunteer Bushfire Brigades' Association to take over FIREBREAK.

On the 21 October 1994 The (UNOFFICIAL) FIREBREAK went online to the Internet - the first Australian Bushfire Service to do so.

In February 1997 the National Library of Australia included FIREBREAK in the PANDORA (Preserving and Accessing Networked DOcumentary Resources of Australia) Project.

Last updated 4 November 2014