Drop in fire risk fac­tors

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

Emer­gency fire ser­vices are now start­ing to plan for the upcoming bush­fire sea­son which is due to start around Novem­ber.

The South­ern Aus­tralia Sea­sonal Bush­fire Out­look re­port for Septem­ber in­di­cated there had been a re­duc­tion in the fire risk across the War­ren re­gion.

Bush­fires in pre­vi­ous sea­sons and mit­i­ga­tion achieved through pre­scribed burns have meant the shrub­bery is now frag­mented into small seg­ments.

Man­jimup Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice cap­tain Michael Whitelaw said this year it had fewer calls outs than av­er­age.

“Nor­mally, we get about 50 to 60 calls a year, but they range from scrub fires to piles of rub­bish at peo­ple’s houses, and then we have our bush­fires as well as struc­tural fires, and then car crashes too which we get a fair bit. . . we had 21 last year,” he said.

“We’ve only had one car fire, a chim­ney fire and a few false alarms this year.”

Mr Whitelaw said this drop in risk fac­tors did not mean peo­ple should be less cau­tious or un­pre­pared.

His team has been work­ing on com­plet­ing train­ing for staff and now want to reach out to the com­mu­nity. “We’ve got a few com­mu­nity events com­ing up, and there’s a gar­den day at the end of Oc­to­ber where we will be hold­ing a sausage siz­zle and hope­fully giv­ing out some brochures and sell­ing fire­fighter roses,” he said.

They will also be at the Cherry Har­mony Fes­ti­val at the end of the year to help teach the com­mu­nity more about fire safety and preven­tion.

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