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Mount Evelyn fire brigade has celebrated over 70 years of protecting the community. We are now looking towards the future by building on the last 70 years with up to date appliances and equipment and training.

We are working in partnership with the community to make Mt Evelyn a safer place to live.

 

 

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Living in the bush

 

Bushfire is not only a threat to those in the bush. If you live in an urban fringe or semi-rural area, you could also be at risk.

If you own a holiday house, caravan or shack in a bushfire risk area, you need to be prepared there as well.

Every summer brings several high bushfire risk days when temperatures climb, often accompanied by a hot north wind.

These days may be declared as a Total Fire Ban. On a day of high bushfire risk you need to have a clear bushfire plan.

If your decision is to stay and actively defend your property, then you need to put your bushfire plan into action.

If you have decided to leave the area, then leave before a fire threatens and road travel becomes hazardous.

 

Find out more about how to prepare for a bushfire:

CFA strongly emphasises the following messages:

 

Road travel

Radiant heat is the biggest killer in a bushfire. Being in a car during a fire is highly dangerous. Many recent fatalities have occurred on roads. Cars do not provide adequate protection from radiant heat. Roads are unsafe to travel on because of poor visibility due to smoke, falling trees and a large number of emergency services vehicles.


Leaving Early

People who intend to leave must leave before there is a fire in the area. Leaving early means going to safe places on all days when there is a severe fire risk. In extreme fire conditions fire travels very fast. It is too late to leave when there is already a fire in the area.

Staying to defend

People who stay and defend must be prepared to face a terrifying experience and be ready to protect themselves from a severe assault by the fire.
People who stay must be mentally and emotionally able to sustain a long and dangerous battle to defend their home.

People who commit to staying MUST:

  • Have a comprehensive plan, reliable water supply and fire fighting equipment
  • Have an adequate cleared space around their house
  • If residents do not have these things in place they should leave well before there is a fire.

Being caught by fire

If you are unable to leave before the fire is in your area, stay inside a building. Buildings whether they are weatherboard or brick protect people against radiant heat while the fire passes. Being outside is deadly. Seek shelter in buildings during the passage of the fire front.

Information

Agencies will be working hard to provide up-to-date information and communities in fire prone areas should listen for information and warnings on ABC radio. However, it is not always possible to provide timely information for each locality and all people must remain alert and monitor their surroundings for signs of fires.

 

CFA has produced a FireReady Kit to help you understand your bushfire risk, prepare your property and develop a Bushfire Survival Plan based on your decision to leave early or to actively defend your property.  Take the time to visit the following link to help you PREPARE. ACT. SURVIVE.

 

http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/residents/summer/firereadykit.htm

 

For a household bushfire self-assessment visit the following link

http://cfaonline.cfa.vic.gov.au/mycfa/Show?pageId=publicHouseAssess

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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