Advice for the Community
In the event of a fire emergency you should dial triple zero i.e. 000 and respond to instructions.
Fire Season Preparations
A recent seasonal fire risk report (written by the Bushfire Cooperation Research Centre), has identified many areas of Australia to be at higher than normal risk of fire severity than previous years (see Seasonal Bushfire Outlook Report). Closer to home this report announces an increased fire risk for the South-East portion of NSW, including the ACT and its surrounding regions.
The support information contained on this page (and referenced websites), is provided to help members of the community plan what they need to do to confront this risk of injury and loss this season.
The NSW Rural Fire Service provides helpful advice on preparations to be made and actions to be taken in the event of a Bushfire. This material is new and has been prepared in the light of the Victorian fires in early 2009. Additionally this advice is now consistent across all States and Territories.
[ Visit the The RFS website: http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au ]
Are You Prepared to Survive?
Select the image above to download a pdf file containing a survival decision tree -- for you to consider when developing your survival plan.
The RFS has a particularly useful toolkit to take you through the planning process for developing a survival plan for you and your family & other people who are likely to be present or who are present at the time of the emergency, as well as animals, and property. Further information on the toolkit is provided below.
[ Use the RFS Are You Prepared to Survive toolkit ]
Stay and Defend or Leave Early
It is important to decide, given your particular circumstances, what you intend to do in the event of a Bushfire and what the particular trigger points are. Even if you intend to Stay and Defend you should have an escape plan, including safe destinations and a number of routes to get there.
[ Download the Bushfire Survival Plan (PDF 1.8 MB) ]
Bushfire Household Assessment Tool
The RFS also has developed a Bushfire Household Assessment Tool which allows you to determine the risk your particular property faces in the event of a Bushfire. This should be used in the preparation of your Bushfire Survival Plan.
[ Use the Household Assessment Tool ]
New Fire Danger Rating System
One of the outcomes from the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission Inquiry Interim Report was the adoption of a new National Fire Rating System. This new system has been progressively rolled out around Australia. All the local Fire Danger Index signs that you see on our roadsides in the brigade's area are new and reflect the revised fire rating system now in use. (Please ensure that you familiarize yourself with the new ratings and what they mean.)
[ Download new New Fire Danger Ratings information sheet (PDF 2 MB)]
How prepared are you for a fire emergency?
All residents in the Wamboin, Bywong, Eagle Hawk, and Sutton Park areas should have an up to date Bushfire Survival Plan. Your plan should be reviewed and updated annually or more frequently if your situation changes significantly (e.g. family members move out). All members of the household should be familiar with the contents of this document and participate in the preparation of your plan. The RFS Website provides helpful advice on how to prepare your plan and what to do in certain situations (please take the time sooner rather than later to consider your current circumstances).
How the Brigade can help you with the process?
The Brigade has a number of highly trained and experienced fire fighters who have received specialised training in assisting the community in making preparations for Bushfires. Every household is different and therefore requires different preparations depending on the circumstances. The Brigade can advise on the preparations that you may consider making and perhaps more importantly the priority that should be applied to the various suggestions. There are many things that can be done to mitigate the risks inherent in Bushfires, some of which might provide considerable benefit for little cost or effort. Please contact the Brigade Captain to arrange an appropriate time for Brigade officers to assess your property. (There is no charge for this service).
Next Steps (once I have a plan in place)
Once you have developed your plan there are a number of things you should do.
- Trial the plan -- check that your plan is practical
- Inform your neighbours of your intentions -- as your actions and plans will have an impact on them
- Develop a maintenance plan of things that you need to do -- weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.
What Sort Of Firefighting Pump Should I buy?
From time to time the brigade receives requests from individual members of the community for advice on a suitable firefighting pump and recommendations regarding brands, specifications, good local retailers and useful accessories. The purpose of this section is to share with you the points we typically cover when responding to enquiries of this nature. To access advice of what sort of pump you should have We hope you find the information useful.
There are several local and regional businesses that advertise sale and/or installation of pumps and we encourage you to talk to them about your specific requirements. Neither the New South Wales Rural Fire Service nor the Wamboin Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade can give specific advice with respect to brands or reliability of particular businesses. Individual Brigade members may be prepared to discuss pumps and their own experience with you, but they do so as private citizens and are not necessarily experts in the field. We can, however, offer you some general advice. More...
Dangers in the home
Although winter provides a respite from the risks and dangers of bush fires, it does present new risks in the home due to the increased use of stoves, ovens, heaters, clothes dryers and other electronic equipment.
A fire can take hold in 3 minutes
but it only takes
seconds to prevent one.
A recent advertisement shown on television demonstrates how quicky a fire can take hold (in 3 minutes), and how easy it is for a fire to be avoided. Along with this advertisement (which you can view online), comes other information and advice about how to reduce the risk of a fire in your home this winter.
Visit the "It only takes 3 minutes" website to find out more about what you can do to keep your family safe.