Take five, save lives

Comment News (Gosnells) - - News -

THE Shire of Ser­pen­tine Jar­rah­dale is ready to tackle bush­fire sea­son and is urg­ing res­i­dents to pre­pare sim­i­larly.

The Shire has also pro­moted the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices' (DFES) cam­paign en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to take five min­utes to pre­pare a bush­fire plan.

More than 97 per cent of Ser­pen­tine Jar­rah­dale is con­sid­ered bush­fire prone and there are six vol­un­teer bush­fire brigades made up of nearly 400 ac­tive vol­un­teers within the Shire, who at­tend be­tween 250 and 300 in­ci­dents each year.

DFES as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner met­ro­pol­i­tan Brad Delavale said it was crit­i­cal ev­ery­one was pre­pared for the threat of fire.

“Any­one who lives near bush­land needs to have a fire chat with their fam­ily and house­mates to de­ter­mine when you will know to leave, where you will go and which way you will go if you're threat­ened by a bush­fire,” he said.

“The sin­gle big­gest killer is in­de­ci­sion; know­ing what to do in a bush­fire is vi­tal.”

Shire Pres­i­dent Michelle Rich echoed DFES's ad­vice and said it was vi­tal peo­ple also knew their neigh­bours’ plans.

“Pre­pared­ness doesn't just mean hav­ing your own plan in place,” she said.

“It also means know­ing that your neigh­bours have a plan and that should a bush­fire oc­cur, you know they're safe. This is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for peo­ple who have el­derly or dis­abled neigh­bours who may not nec­es­sar­ily be able to evac­u­ate them­selves in an emer­gency.”

In­for­ma­tion on how to pre­pare for bush­fires and other emer­gen­cies is avail­able on the DFES web­site and www.emer­gency.wa.gov.au/pre­pare.

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