Faculty Advisor

Ludwig, Reinhold

Faculty Advisor

Skorinko, Jeanine LM

Project Center

Melbourne, Australia


This study provides an analysis of all hoarding and squalor incidents reported by the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board and the Country Fire Authority from 3 April 2012 to 3 April 2015. We uncovered common characteristics of affected individuals, trends in risk indicators, and explored the fire dynamics of hoarding situations. The results of this study aim to increase operational knowledge of MFB and CFA firefighters when responding to incidents associated with hoarding and squalor.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies

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