Fire & Emergency Information
FOR ALL EMERGENCIES CALL
Major emergencies are an unfortunate fact of life and can come in many forms, or types of hazards, including, bushfire, severe storm, flooding and major road transport crashes.
The City of Busselton faces the potential risk of a variety of emergencies, natural and man-made, due to the combination of the City of Busselton's topographical features and land development.
The way we prepare for these events can make the difference between them being an emergency that is managed without unnecessary loss, or a disaster that has major effects on life, property and the environment.
History shows that to minimise the occurrence and the impact of emergencies, we need to remove the common elements of disasters by acknowledging;
- the inevitability of severe events;
- that emergency services may not be able to immediately meet all individual and community needs;
- that people with special needs require additional support; and
- that prepared communities are less likely to suffer consequences of severe disasters, and are more able
to recover from them.
This guide applies to the philosophy of shared responsibility to all hazards, and provides information on how you can be better prepared.
This means that all emergency service agencies, support organisations and the community of the City have a role to play in preventing, preparing, responding to, and recovering from disasters.
This guide provides important practical prevention information for general emergencies, and specific hazards considered significant in the City of Busselton; and important practical information about how to prepare for incidents such as bush fire, severe storms, house fire and information relating to the support agencies involved in those emergencies.
Development of this guide has been enabled by funding by the Australian Federal Government through the 'Working Together to Manage Emergencies (WTME)' program.
For all the latest information on Fire and Emergency Services please click on the links below:
Controlled Burning Information: http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/safetyinformation/fire/bushfire/Pages/controlledburning.aspx
DFES (formally known as FESA): http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/Pages/Default.aspx
Bureau of Meteorology (Bush Fire Weather): http://www.bom.gov.au/weather-services/bushfire/about-bushfire-weather.shtml
Bureau of Meteorgology (WA Weather Warnings): http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/
BRAG (Bush Ready Action Group): http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/safetyinformation/fire/bushfire/Pages/bushfirereadygroups.aspx
Please click on the links below for further information relating to Bush Fire.
Firebreak & Fuel Hazard Reduction Notice 2014/15
Emergency Information Brochure
Fire Brigade Contact Information
Fire Control Officer Contacts
Firebreak Contractors 2013/2014
Protection Zone Map
Seasonal Fire Prevention Guide
Checklist - Leaving for a safer place
Checklist - Prepare to actively defend
Checklist - Preparing your property
DFES (formally known as FESA) - Prepare Act Survive Booklet
Fire Saftey Newsletter
Community Fire Refuges and Neighbourhood Safer Places
Total Fire Bans Factsheet
Safe Harvesting Practices
Reserve Fire Management Plan
Evacuation Information for Horses during Bushfires
Fire Management Planning Form (Request for Variation)
Bushfire Strategic Plan
Travelling During Bushfire Season
Fire Safety & Pets
Pet Survival Plan
Caring for Horses (and other domestic animals) in Bush Fires
Domesticated animals are very much a part of our life, particularly in rural and rural residential areas closer to the urban estates. If you own animals, decisions on their care and safety during a bush fire need to form part of your Bush Fire Survival Plan.
The following link, while specifically addresses matters related to horses, provides excellent examples of matters which are relevant to all animals that we choose to care for.
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS - BUSH FIRES ACT
COMPLIANCE PERIOD: Rural Residential and Vacant Urban Land requirements must be completed by 1 December. Rural Land requirements must be completed by 15 December. Special Rural, Vacant Urban Land and Rural Land requirements must be maintained in accordance with the Bush Fire Notice until 12 May of the following year or a later date if the compliance period is extended, in which case a notice will be placed in the Busselton-Margaret Times and the Busselton-Dunsborough Mail advising you of that later date.
Permits to burn are required for the whole of the restricted periods and can only be obtained from the Fire Control Officer for your area. Permits are to be obtained before burning commences. (The permit holder must be in possession of the permit during the burn.) Any special conditions imposed by the Fire Control Officer when issuing permits must be strictly adhered to.
Restricted burning period dates: 2 November to 14 December & 1 March to 12 May each year (Subject to change dependant on weather conditions).
The permit holder shall give notice of his/her intentions to burn to:
- The City of Busselton Administration office on the day when the burning is to take place. Weekend burning must be notified by Friday at 4.00pm. Phone (08) 9781 0444. Burning on Sundays and public holidays is prohibited.
- The owner or occupier of adjoining land.
- Department of Parks and Wildlife if the land is situated within 3 km of State Forest land or if adjacent to a National Park. Phone (08) 9752 5555.
Garden Refuse Urban Areas: No garden refuse is permitted to be burnt on the ground, in the open air or in an outdoor incinerator within the urban areas of Busselton and Dunsborough town sites at any time of the year.
Garden Refuse Rural - Residential Areas: The burning of garden refuse is prohibited from 14 December to 29 February. During the restricted burning period, 2 November to 14 December & 1 March to 12 May each year, permits are required to be obtained from the fire control officer for your area for the burning of any garden refuse.
Burning of toxic materials and rubbish is prohibited at all times.
Wood fire pizza ovens must have a spark arrestor fitted.
Camp fires are prohibited within the City of Busselton during the resticted burning period.
Wood and coal fuelled barbecues are banned during or in any period when the fire danger forcast is 'very high' or above.
Warning: The use of electric fences during Very High to Extreme Fire Danger may cause fire.
Owners of tractors with down swept exhaust systems are encouraged to have an approved spark arrester fitted as provided in the Bush Fires Act 1954 Regulations.
AS A LANDOWNER YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILTY TO MANAGE YOUR PROPERTY TO REDUCE THE RISK OF A BUSHFIRE! YOU ARE ALSO RESTRICTED FROM BURNING OFF OR OTHERWISE LIGHTING FIRES AT CERTAIN TIMES OF THE YEAR.
PLEASE TAKE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY SERIOUSLY
Do not hesitate to contact the Ranger & Emergency Services Departement on (08) 9781 0444 if you require further clarification of the above information.