As we look across the country to NSW we can see the devastating impact of bushfires on the community. It wasn’t too long ago that Victoria was ravaged during the Black Saturday fires, and further back (2003) to the Canberra fires. Locally, the Roleystone and Margaret River fires serve as a reminder as to the destruction these disasters can cause. The Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre’s outlook for the 2013-2014 season is above normal fire potential for the south west WA and all along the west coast.
A key factor in surviving a bushfire is preparation and the Dept of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has numerous resources to help you prepare for this season (use the links in the image below). Even if you live in the suburbs your home may still be vulnerable to bushfire attack as winds can carry hot embers long distances and they can land in air conditioners, leaf litter in gutters, and other combustible material. Don’t forget your holiday home if you have one – there is also information for secondary property owners.
Further information is available at http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/safetyinformation/fire/bushfire/Pages/default.aspx, and if you would like to become a volunteer in any of the DFES divisions go to http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/volunteers/Pages/default.aspx or contact us through this website.