Are you Bushfire Ready

Published on Wednesday, 15 December 2021 at 2:50:55 PM

If last week’s fires are anything to go by, we really do need to be aware of the potential fire dangers during the dry, hot summer months ahead of us.

It is also an opportunity for us to acknowledge the amazing group of volunteers who make up our Bush Fire Brigades and our Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services. Last week was a demonstration of the amazing responsiveness and capacity of all of our volunteers who coordinated extremely well together to manage the sudden and highly destructive crop fires in and around our Shire.

Speaking on behalf of the Shire, President Cr Mandy Stephenson thanked the fire brigade volunteers who worked tirelessly to get the fires under control. Also, the many farmers who supported these efforts by helping out on the affected farms - a huge thank you. “It is at times like these that I am so proud of our community” said Cr Stephenson. “We always show great support and care for each other when it is really needed and I can’t thank you enough for your sacrifice and your dedication to protecting our community and our assets” she added.

Residents are urged to make sure they are prepared ahead of the dangerous season ahead of us. There are several ways to ensure you have the correct information:

CHANGES TO BUSHFIRE WARNINGS
Be aware of the changes to the bushfire warning systems in Western Australia. Ensure you know the new warning system and what action to take to stay safe. This information can be found on the DFES website:
www.emergency.wa.gov.au or by calling 13 33 37

KNOW WHEN THERE IS
A HARVEST OR VEHICLE MOVEMENT BAN
Register to receive information via SMS to your mobile phone by calling us on 9671 2500 or by registering online for this service:
www.wongan.wa.gov.au/forms/keep-me-posted/16.
You are also able to call our Harvest Ban hotline on 9671 2501 to check if there is a vehicle movement or harvest ban in place.
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LEARN ABOUT THE CHANGES TO OPERATING PRIVATE FIRE EQUIPMENT
Changes to the use of fire-fighting equipped trailers on the active fire ground ensure improved safety for all. Click here to learn more:  New Guidelines for Operating Private Fire Equipment » Shire of Wongan-Ballidu

KNOW YOUR BURNING PERIODS
Restricted and prohibited burning periods are also shown in your resident’s guide:


BE PREPARED
How fireproof is your plan? Please take five minutes to have a bushfire plan and consider:
when will you leave?
what will you take?
where will you go?

Visit: https://dfes.wa.gov.au to help you prepare and protect what matters most.

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