Guide to fire sur­vival

Key is to be pre­pared

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Disaster Management Feature -

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.


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.

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