Bush­fire readi­ness event

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News - Tari Jef­fers

THE Balin­gup Bush­fire Bri­gade is work­ing with the De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices to kick­start the bush­fire pre­pared­ness aware­ness sea­son with a dif­fer­ent kind of in­for­ma­tion ses­sion this week­end.

The free Street Meet com­mu­nity bush­fire in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on Sun­day in­volves meet­ing at a ru­ral prop­erty to see first-hand what lowers its risk should a bush­fire hap­pen.

As part of the event, peo­ple from through­out the re­gion are en­cour­aged to come along and lis­ten to fire fight­ers and DFES rep­re­sen­ta­tives talk about the good points and ar­eas where im­prove­ments could be made to two prop­er­ties in the Balin­gup area.

Balin­gup Bush­fire Bri­gade sec­re­tary/trea­surer Peta Towns­ing said it was the first time this kind of event had been held in Balin­gup.

“I went to one in Ar­gyle about two years ago and it was some­thing that had been thought about for this area for a while,” she said.

“Be­ing able to show peo­ple how to ef­fec­tively pre­pare for the bush­fire sea­son is a huge help, it’s im­me­di­ate.

“Peo­ple will see what’s been done else­where, what works for them and take that knowl­edge away with them.”

Dur­ing the ses­sion, peo­ple will also be given ad­vice on bush­fire tool kits, emer­gency ac­cess routes, emer­gency kits, pro­tec­tive cloth­ing and in­for­ma­tion on the De­part­ment of Parks and Wildlife’s pre­scribed burn­ing pro­gram.

The event starts at 91 Lukis Street in Balin­gup at 2pm and will fin­ish at 4pm.

Call Ms Towns­ing on 0497 555 120 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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