Guide to fire survival
Key is to be prepared
AUSTRALIAN Pump Industries has rushed to get a new version of its Bushfire Survival Guide out to the public.
The Aussie Pumps publication is a user’s guide to preparing for the worst.
As if the California and Greek fires weren’t a big enough warning, the devastating fire outbreaks in Queensland have shown that this is going to be a season from hell.
National parks, forested areas and coastal scrub are all tinder dry and just waiting for a lightning strike, a dropped cigarette or an unattended fire to become a major catastrophe.
“Too often, homeowners and even farmers are a bit cavalier about the fire season. They don’t start to prepare equipment, carry out elementary protection around the home or farm building or even ensure adequate water supply around those locations until they see smoke on the horizon,” said Aussie Pumps’ Brad Farrugia.
“Our guide covers the essentials but delves into detail often not found even in documents produced by government-funded bodies.
“For example, it gives details on how to install a sprinkler system on the roof of the house. You can’t do that when you see the fire coming. If you’re in a vulnerable area, you need to move immediately.”
Australian Pump’s frontline product is the Aussie Fire Chief.
This product has been on the market for a number of years and has won accolades all around the world.
“It costs more to make a Fire Chief than competitor pumps or Third-World knock-offs,” Mr Farrugia said.
“Yet we offer it at a reasonable and highly competitive price because we are a low-overhead company.
“We’re lean and mean and that’s why the prices are low for what is a Rolls Royce product.”
The survival guide deals with product selection but stresses the need for an adequate water supply to be available and to be properly prepared to be defended.
“We work with great companies like TTI, Rapid Spray and Furphys who are all manufacturers of portable and stationery firefighting tanks systems,” Mr Farrugia said.
Our guide covers the essentials but delves into detail not often found... — Brad Farrugia
“Trailer mounted portable fire units may be appropriate for some areas, particularly where crop protection is a priority.
“In that case, an Aussie Fire Chief, either with petrol or preferably diesel drive coupled to a trailer mounted 2000- or 3000-litre tank makes a highly mobile firefighting unit that can be deployed promptly in the event of the worst.”
You can find the guide at Aussie Pump distributors, CRT locations, Landmark, NRI and irrigation and mower shops around Australia.
The document is available online at www.aussiepumps. com.au.
HANDY DOCUMENT: Brad Farrugia with the Aussie Pumps Fire Ready guide that gives homeowners and property owners an insight into preparing their properties ahead of a horrific bushfire season.