Take five, save lives
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.