Sunday Territorian

Together we can stay safe from fires

- Mark Spain Chief Fire Officer Mark Spain AFSM

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.

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