The Ripper ‘Rescue’ Alliance was formed in the wake of Australia’s devastating fires of 2019-2,, as a rapid response to the call for help covering three core functional units: Operations, Research and Education.
The Alliance brings together some of the country’s leading specialists in search and rescue, drone operations, aerial mapping, AI analysis, data collection, processing and analytics to establish a groundbreaking, multi-faceted assistance response to the current need for bushfire recovery assistance.
The Ripper Alliance will be underpinned by leading academics, researchers, and scientists across a wide variety of sectors and institutions in order to drive the important longer-term vision.
An impressive line up of expertise
The Ripper Alliance members represent expertise and experience in leading-edge technologies for data collection, remote identification of flora and fauna and research in both built and natural environments.
Our goal is to arm the experts in the field of bushfire crisis and recovery with the best tools available to empower and enhance their capabilities, expand their reach and provide data for actionable insights. We can do this through our joint expertise in bringing cost-effective, innovative and hi-tech solutions to focus on disaster and recovery.
The Ripper Alliance will keep evolving as more disciplines are gathered to complete the tasks and challenges given to us by front line services. Our applications have the capabilities to assist in all area of rescue and recovery, from the local business level to regional areas and remote communities.
All aspects of Bushfire Recovery
Together the Ripper Alliance has the capabilities to assist in all areas of rescue, recovery, and prevention, from the local business level to regional areas and remote communities. Our group has the ability to map large areas for assessing fire impact, habitat renewal and to inform research into fire behaviour and fire ecology.
A strong vision for the future
We have a strong vision for how drone technology can be used to protect communities and their precious wild places, through fire mitigation and management strategies using wide-scale automated detection, front-line fire support and even autonomous fire-bombing aircraft. Our vision is to develop front line initiatives, managed locally, increasing effectiveness and reducing risk to life.
Launch Project: WIRES
The Alliance’s first initiative was to work in collaboration with WIRES, Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation, to identify what sectors of their front line work we could embolden and fast-track using the Alliance’s expertise and solutions.
Our work included the recovery of native wildlife through the deployment of drones, fact-finding missions with visual and digital assessments of effected areas, research into known populations to try to assess the devastation and identify any wildlife that may still be caught in the area. Viability research is planned to evaluate using drones as a possible rapid first response to dropping food and water into areas to support surviving wildlife affected by the fires where natural resources have been destroyed.