Together we can stay safe from fires
As we approach the beginning of the Top End bushfire season, we must remember the potential dangers and be prepared. With the likelihood of high temperatures and dry conditions, it is crucial to have a plan in place to protect yourself, your family, and your property.
The NT Fire and Rescue Service (NTFRS) plays a critical role in managing these fires, and we are fortunate to have such a dedicated team of career and volunteer firefighters ready to respond to any emergency.
Multiple fire incidents occurring at the same time can significantly affect the ability of firefighters resourcing to respond to these emergencies and protect the community effectively.
In addition, the NT Fire and Rescue Service works closely with other agencies and stakeholders, such as Bushfires NT, to co-ordinate our efforts and ensure the best possible resource allocations; there may be instances, given the severity of the fire season, the NTFRS may not be in a position to respond a fire truck to every property. This collaborative approach of preparing your property and having and practising your emergency plan is essential in managing bushfires and other natural disasters.
This week was also National Volunteer Week, which allowed us to reflect on our volunteer firefighter’s contribution to our community. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their bravery, dedication, and service.
I would also like to highlight the wellbeing of our firefighters.
Attending difficult jobs is a challenging task where you’ve witnessed people lose all their belongings or, worse, their loved ones. It’s crucial we are kind to each other and look after one another.
As we enter the bushfire season, let us all work together to stay informed and safe. It is everyone’s responsibility to protect the beautiful Top End environment we are lucky enough to call home.