The Shire of Cranbrook is looking to undertake a major project to assist all emergency service providers within the Shire.
History of the project…
The current Shire of Cranbrook Fire Map was produced in 1982 – as you can imagine a lot has changed in the ensuing 33 years. At the April 2015 AGM of the Shire of Cranbrook Bushfire Advisory Committee (BFAC), it was resolved to request the Council to assist the brigades during the response phase of a fire event, by updating the local Fire Map. Council have agreed to this request and an audit of the Rural Road Numbering system will be conducted at the same time to further assist all emergency organisations in carrying out their valuable services within the Shire including, local bushfire brigades, St John Ambulance and Police.
The Shire commenced this project in May 2016 with local resident and project officer Robyn Seigert completing the initial data gathering drive around the Shire identifing critical and community infrastructure, location and confirmation of current rural road numbers and the identification and measuring of potential new rural road number locations.
This information is now being uploaded into the Shire's data system. Once this has been completed, the project officer will then be liasing with Landgate and property owners about the implementation of additional rural road numbers throughout the Shire. A draft bushfire map will also be developed and available for the public to view in the coming months.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Toni at the Shire on 9826 1008.
The Shire of Cranbrook encourages all members of the community to actively prepare their properties and families for a bushfire incident prior to the commencement of the bushfire season. (October - April)
PURSUANT to the powers contained in Section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954, fire breaks are required to be completed by the 15th day of November 2016. You (land owners and / or occupiers) are required to plough, burn, scarify, cultivate, chemically spray or otherwise clear firebreaks or fuel free areas and thereafter maintain them free of all flammable materials until the 15th day of April, 2017 in the positions and of such dimensions as detailed in the Shire of Cranbrook Annual Firebreak Notice 2016/ 2017.
Camping and cooking fires are prohibited within the Shire of Cranbrook from 1 October – 30 April each year or unless written permission has been expressly given by the Shire of Cranbrook as is pursuant with the Bush Fires Act 1954 Section 25.1(a) through to 1(d).
Preparing yourself, your family and your property is YOUR responsibility.
The more you prepare your property ahead of the bushfire season the better the chance it will have to survive a bushfire.
Below is a list of useful documents to assist you with your bushfire preparation.
For Further Information: Head to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website www.dfes.wa.gov.au. The DFES website provides valuable guides on how to prepare your family and property in the event of a bushfire AND other natural disasters that may occur within the Shire (e.g. Storm, Flood).
The Shire of Cranbrook is compiling a list of people in the Shire who may require some additional assistance to evacuate to a safe location in an emergency event (i.e. bushfire) due to health, age or transport concerns (e.g. families who do not own a vehicle).
If you would like to have your name or a family members name included on this list (which will be kept on a confidential file at the Shire, only to be accessed by necessary staff in an emergency event) – please complete the Emergency Evacuation Assistance Forms and return it to the Shire by one of the methods listed on the form.
Bushfire Brigade Information
The Shire of Cranbrook has 13 volunteer bushfire brigades within its boundaries:
Cranbrook Town Tenterden
East Cranbrook Tunney
Frankland River Unicup
Frankland River Town Woolonga
The brigades are made up entirely of volunteer members from the community. If you would like to volunteer please contact the captain in your local area (see Annual Firebreak Notice 2016 / 2017 for contat details), complete the below form and return it the Shire Administration Office.
PPE or Personal Protective Equipment consisting of:
will be provided to all volunteer brigade members registered with the Shire upon completion of an:
Please return the completed form to:
Fax – 9826 1090
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail to – PO Box 21, CRANBROOK WA 6321
Please contact the Shire ESRO via the above mentioned methods if you require / or would like to update your skills and undertake any fire fighting related training.