In the event of a fire emergency, Fire & Emergency Services should be contacted by dialing 000 (Triple zero)
Bush Fires happen every summer, they can start suddenly and without warning. Typically Western Australia’s (WA) bush fire season in the south west starts in November and continues through to April. As climate and seasonal conditions change, bush fires in WA are becoming more common and the risks are increasing. The devastating impact a bush fire has on a community has a lasting affect and can take years to recover from. You need to understand the bushfire risk to your family and home so you can make decisions now about what you will do if a bush fire starts.
You will find essential information and advice to assist you to create your plan to either stay and defend your property, or evacuate at the DFES Website
Bush Fire Survival Checklist
It is possible that in spite of your best efforts to clean up around your house to reduce the risk of fire, circumstances may arise where you need to evacuate your home.
Have you considered what you will need and what you should have ready?
Having a quick 5 Minute Fire Chat with your family helps you to start the conversation about how you and your family will respond in an emergency. It’s important to remember that whilst emergency services such as fire fighters do their best to attend to all calls for assistance, their numbers and resources are limited and in a large scale incident they may not be able to get to everyone. As such it is vital that you and your family have a clear and up to date survival action plan in place for you, your family and your pets.
Three questions to get the conversation started are;
- When will you know to leave?
- Where will you go?
- Which way will you go?
Remember that planning in advance of an emergency is very important as the stress of any emergency incident could cloud your judgement on the day. It is also important not to rely solely on the updates from emergency services. You should keep a watchful eye on your surroundings at all times, and work out in advance of an event what your triggers will be to put your survival plan in place, and what your cues will be to leave.
Further information is contained within the Department of Fire and Emergency Services Fire Chat information and planning package which can be obtained from the Shire offices or by phoning 97270222, or by viewing the Department of Fire & Emergency Services website
Total Fire Ban Information Line
DFES has an information line to answer any questions about Total Fire Bans (TFBs).
Members of the public can call the information line on 1800 709 355.
This number is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
During a Total Fire Ban it is prohibited to light any fires in the open air, or to perform any activity that may start a fire.
Local Governments are encouraged to direct Total Fire Ban enquiries to this number, or to the information available on the DFES website