This morning the Brigade and City of Kalamunda hosted a bushfire risk information session at the upper Falls Road carpark in Lesmurdie. Given that Spring is here and the fire season is approaching, about 80 local residents visited the event to receive information from Brigade volunteers, as well as Shire and DFES employees, about how to deal with bushfire risk on their properties, and how to develop a coordinated community response to bushfires under the Bushfire Ready Program (similar to Neighbourhood Watch, but designed for awareness about bushfires). We had a visit from local state MP Matthew Hughes, and many visitors brought their dogs along, and one even brought a goat! Kids were able to have a go in the fire engines, and there was a free sausage sizzle for everyone who attended (thanks to Kalamunda Toyota for providing the BBQ trailer free of charge, and the Kalamunda SES for the use of tables and other equipment).
The event was organised by Brigade Life Members, Chris Grubba and Eddie van Rijnswoud, who have worked tirelessly over the past three years to implement the Bushfire Ready Program in high risk areas throughout the Shire. These efforts have resulted in over 60 local Bushfire Ready groups being formed, and the resulting benefits that Kalamunda residents gain from those groups. It should be acknowledged that Chris and Eddie are both volunteers and have given hundreds of hours of their time to coordinate this program. Thanks also go to the Brigade members who attended to share their knowledge.
Prevention and hazard reduction always results in increased community safety and the capacity to survive a large major bushfire event. Climate change is leading to more frequent episodes of extreme fire weather (an approximate 15% increase) so if you live in the bush there is a greater risk than before. These kind of programs help us do our work of protecting the community, by ensuring residents are ready and have a plan before a fire happens. ... See MoreSee Less
This Saturday we will be encouraging residents to start preparing for this coming bush fire season with a Bush Fire Ready street meet.
We encourage all residents to come along - especially those on or around Falls Road in Lesmurdie!
Pre-Season Bushfire Ready Street MeetSep 2, 10:00amFalls Road (Upper Carpark), Falls Road, LesmurdieIt is important that you and your family prepare for the upcoming bushfire season. Bushfire Ready Facilitators from the Kalamunda Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade will be there to provide you with valuable information on: How you can protect your home and family this bushfire season. Advice on preparing your property. What you and your family need to do in the event of a bushfire. Where to gain information in the event of an emergency. How to join a Bushfire Ready group It’s also an opportunity for you to talk with them about your preparation needs and to ask any questions you may have. The Senior Community Safety Officer, Julian Cole from the City of Kalamunda will provide advice on building protection zones. Hope to see you there!... See MoreSee Less
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