Bushfire and Brigade Information

BUSHFIRE - PREVENTION

ANNUAL FIREBREAK NOTICE 2017 / 2018

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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)

FIREBREAKS

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 2017. 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, 2018 in the positions and of such dimensions as detailed in the Shire of Cranbrook Annual Firebreak Notice 2017/ 2018.

CAMPING AND COOKING FIRES

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).

 

  • FIRE CONTROL OFFICERS HAVE THE AUTHORITY UNDER THE BUSH FIRES ACT 1954 TO HALT ANY ACTIVITY OR OPERATION THAT THEY DEEM AS HAZARDOUS OR LIKELY TO START A FIRE.
  • PENALTIES WILL BE ENFORCED BY THE SHIRE OF CRANBROOK FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE ANNUAL FIREBREAK NOTICE.

 

BUSHFIRE - PREPARE

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.

DFES Bushfire - Warning Alert Levels

DFES Bushfire - Prepare, Act, Survive!

DFES Bushfire Checklist - Preparing Your Property

DFES Checklist - Leaving for a Safer Place

DFES Checklist - Prepare to Actively Defend

DFES Bushfire - Home Owners Survival Manual

DFES Checklist - Preparing Your Survival Kit

DFES Bushfire Factsheet - Safer Places In A Bushfire

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).            

Emergency Evacuation Assistance Forms

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 Warning Alert Levels

Bushfire Warning Alert Levels

Bushfire Brigade Information

The Shire of Cranbrook has 13 volunteer bushfire brigades within its boundaries:

Bokerup                                                                         Kybellup

Central                                                                           Nunijup

Cranbrook Town                                                       Tenterden

East Cranbrook                                                          Tunney

Frankland River                                                          Unicup

Frankland River Town                                             Woolonga

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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 2017 / 2018 for contat details), complete the below form and return it the Shire Administration Office.

PPE or Personal Protective Equipment consisting of:

  • Overalls OR Jacket and Pants
  • Helmet
  • Safety Goggles
  • Leather Rigger Gloves

will be provided to all volunteer brigade members registered with the Shire upon completion of an:

APPLICATION TO JOIN A BRIGADE AND PPE REQUEST FORM .

Please return the completed form to:

Fax – 9826 1090

Email – [email protected]

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.