Faculty Advisor

Klein, Andrew G.

Faculty Advisor

Tuler, Seth

Project Center

Melbourne, Australia


This project is intended to assist the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB) of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia by quantifying and analyzing all identifiable hoarding and squalor related incidents that MFB has responded to within the Metropolitan District (MD) from 4 April 2012 to 3 April 2014. The increased rate of reported incidents found in this study confirms the prevalence and severity of hoarding and squalor as ongoing risks for affected individuals and the community. This study recommends MFB and other fire services work in collaboration to develop information for firefighters about hoarding and squalor and to identify, define, and reduce its risks.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

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