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Bushfire Survival Planning

The Wingecarribee Shire is an inherently bushfire prone area. It is therefore critical that anyone who resides in, or frequents, a bushfire prone area prepares a bushfire survival plan for themselves and their family.


Severe bushfires can move very quickly and produce deadly amounts of radiant heat. The safety of yourself and your family must always be the first priority in any decision that you make, and it is essential that you prepare adequately and act decisively prior to, and during, a bushfire emergency.


It is your responsibility to plan and prepare for a bushfire in your area, and it is critical that you understand your own personal level of risk. You must decide now whether you will leave your home early, well before a fire approaches, or whether you will stay and actively defend a well prepared home.


You should also give consideration to a back-up plan, in the event that you cannot implement your primary plan of action. In each case, you must prepare your property to give yourself and your family the best chance of surviving a severe bushfire.


The Rural Fire Service has produced a range of information that will assist you in the bushfire survival planning process.


These publications can be obtained from RFS District Offices or via their website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au


Download your Bush Fire Survival Plan (external link)


Bush Fire Survival Plan


Should you require further advice on bushfire survival planning and/or property preparation, please do not hesitate to contact your local Rural Fire Brigade or the District Office on (02)4868 5500.


Become involved in preparing and protecting your community


Join a Community Fire Unit


A Community Fire Unit (CFU) is a team of local residents living in urban areas close to bushland who are supported by Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) to enhance their safety and resilience to bushfires.


As a volunteer CFU member you will learn how to prepare yourself, your family and your home ahead of the bushfire season. You will learn how to make informed decisions about whether to leave early or stay and defend your property when bushfires threaten.


Volunteer CFU members do not fight fires, nor are they firefighters. Being a CFU member is about preparation, prevention and protection from bushfires.


To find out more about joining click the link below. 


web linkCommunity Fire Units (external link)


Join the RFS as a Volunteer


There are many reasons to join the NSW RFS. You may want to protect your families, your friends, your home and assets, your community, and your way of life.


Volunteering also offers the opportunity to learn new and valuable skills that will not only assist you in your voluntary role but in day to day life and even your workplace. It is also an opportunity to meet people you wouldn't normally meet.


To join the NSW RFS as a volunteer click the link below.


web linkVolunteer with NSW RFS (external link)

Last Updated: May 29th, 2018
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