With the official bushfire danger period having been extended to November 1st this year gives us a bit more time to prepare our community for another hot and dry summer. With all the rain we've had over the autumn and winter months you've probably noticed the extensive growth around your home and surrounds, so following are a few things to do to play our part in keeping our local community safe this season.
As with every year, we urge the Tallong Community to prepare early and not wait until it’s too late, this means having an effective bushfire survival plan in place. With a number of apps and online tools making this easier than ever with such as the following list.
* Clean gutters of leaves and twigs
* Maybe install metal gutter guards
* Cut back overhanging trees and shrubs
* Have hoses long enough to reach around the house
These are just a few of the extensive list of things you can do, available on RFS website.
1. PREPARE -This includes having an up-to-date bushfire survival plan for you and your property.
2. ACT -Take heed of fire danger ratings and total fire bans and their implications. Keep yourself informed.
3. SURVIVE -Ensure you know whether you intend to leave early or stay and defend your property.
Fact sheets and helpful guides for you to follow these steps are available at....www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/resources/factsheets.
We also stress that during the fire season till March 31st, 2017 you cannot burn without a written permit. Also, you must heed all ‘Total Fire Ban’ and ‘No Burn Day’ declarations which mean even with a permit you still cannot burn. Burning without a permit can result in fines and/or criminal charges being laid by the NSW Police.
It’s always worth remembering that fires can start from very simple sources. Major events like lightning, downed power lines and electrical faults do start fires but a careless cigarette butt, spark from a cutting tool or heat from an exhaust can also easily start a fire. This is why using machinery is banned on ‘Total Fire Ban’ days and is a bad idea on hot days in general. Proper maintenance and cleaning can also help prevent fires, so keep this in mind when next you use your tractors, chainsaws, grinders or mowers around your home.
Also covered in this newsletter is assessing your fire risk and preparing your home and volunteering and training with the RFS – which can be a great opportunity for all members of our community!
Please read on and help to keep our quiet little town of Tallong prepared for another year!
Secretary, Tallong RFB
Burning off during fire seasonNo Permit = No Burning!
During the bush fire danger period, from 1st November to 31st March, you cannot conduct any burning activity without the issue of a fire permit through the RFS. Gaining a written permit is easy, just contact the Brigade Captain on 0418 221 019. It is also required that you notify all neighbours, even those across a road, at least 24 hours before you burn.
You also must ensure that when you burn, you should have appropriate tools on hand such as rakes and shovels, sufficient water and hoses and perhaps sand or dirt to properly extinguish the fire after the burn or to control it if needed. Remember – it is an offence to leave a lit fire unattended.
Also, no accelerants should be used and protective clothing such as gloves and long clothing should be worn.
Please also check if a total fire ban or no burn day is in force on the day you burn. All permits are suspended on a total fire ban day, so even if you have a permit, you cannot burn.
For more information see the fact sheet ‘Before You Light That Fire’ available at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
Assessing your fire riskHow Well Prepared Should You Be?
Preparing your property before or early on in the fire season increases its resilience in the face of a fire event this season. Assessing your property’s risk is a good way to consider what things you should prioritise whilst preparing your home or business. Some things to look for while assessing your property include:
If you answered yes to some of these, then you need to prepare your property NOW! The RFS website (www.rfs.nsw.gov.au) and the Tallong RFB have fact sheets, checklists and other publications available, so jump online or drop into the station and be as prepared as you can be!
Volunteering and Training with the rfsNew Members and Enquiries are Always Welcome
The brigade is always welcoming of any new members or questions about volunteering that you may have.
Joining the brigade is easy and opens up many opportunities, such as learning new skills, meeting new people, access to the extensive RFS training programs and the chance to assist your community.
This year, the brigade is actively encouraging any interested community members to take the step of coming to a brigade meeting and joining us in the RFS. We all have valuable experience and skills to share, so why not join us and put back into your community?
We especially would like to invite younger members of our community to come along and be part of our activities. Remember, you can get nationally recognised training not just in firefighting skills, but also:
Being in the RFS also lets you meet new people and establish great friendships. You can even invite your friends and join and train together!
Also, being in the RFS isn’t all about fighting fires. So, even if you think you’re not up to being on the fire ground, we also need members for essential catering, communications and administration roles to assist our crews.
If you are interested in joining, just drop by the fire shed after 7.30pm on any Tuesday night and we will be happy to help you out!
Brigade fundingWe Need Your Support!
The brigade needs community support to ensure we are in the best position to help in times of need. This means that we require funding to assist with the day-to-day running of the brigade.
Administrative expenses such as phones and internet connections are not funded by the RFS. We also require supplies such as bottled water for use on trucks and fire grounds and food and amenities for fire crew operating in our area.
With this in mind, we request any funding support you can offer. Just detach the donation slip below and send the completed form with your donation to the address listed. All donations over $2 are tax deductible and a receipt will be forwarded to you if you enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
Thank you for your support!
I / We ______________________________________________________
Of (Address) ________________________________________________
With Property Located at (Rural Address) _________________________
Hereby offer the enclosed donation of $ _______
Please find enclosed a cheque / money order / cash amount equal to the above as a donation to the Tallong Rural Fire Brigade for the 2016/17 fire season.
Signed: _____________________ Date: _______________
Phone __________________ Mobile ________________________
Please forward completed slip and donation to Tallong Rural Fire Brigade, Memorial Drive, Tallong, NSW 2579.
Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if a reciept is required for tax purposes.
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