All residents who live in bushfire prone areas are strongly encouraged to prepare their property for the potential effects of a nearby bushfire. This is because a well prepared property stands a much greater chance of surviving a fire than those where no action has been taken. If you live in a bushfire prone area it is also important that you know what to expect during the occurrence of bushfire as this will help you to make good decisions in an emergency situation.
A range of bush fire preparedness and educational material is available through the Rural Fire Service corporate website (www.rfs.nsw.gov.au). Printed versions of these publications can be obtained by contacting the RFS Blue Mountains District Office on 4784 7444.
Additional resources relating to bush fire education and awareness have been produced by other fire services throughout Australia. One of the stand-out productions is a video series by the Tasmania Fire Service titled "Prepare to Survive", and can be found by following this link. While most of the content in this video is relevant to NSW and the Blue Mountains, please remember that this is a Tasmanian production and that some regulations and standards, such as those applying to building in bush fire prone areas and hazard reduction, may differ in NSW.
As your local Rural Fire Brigade, we are able to provide you with advice that will assist with your preparation prior to each fire season. Our officers will happily discuss matters such as:
- What to expect as a bushfire approaches
- How fires affect houses and property
- How to prepare your home and property to be more resistant to the effects of fire
- Whether you will stay and actively defend your home when a bushfire threatens or whether you will relocate early
Either drop by the station (when manned) or call to make an appointment for an on site visit to your property (this is preferred). See our contacts page for how to get in touch with us.