CFS prepare for fire season

Country Fire Service volunteers are preparing for this year’s bushfire season, which starts on November 1.

READY: Rod Hannemann, Cindy Hannemann, Caleb Prime and Jarrod Prime get fitted in new gear by Xenia Ottens (middle).

READY: Rod Hannemann, Cindy Hannemann, Caleb Prime and Jarrod Prime get fitted in new gear by Xenia Ottens (middle).

The CFS’s Traveling Road Show brought the Bushfire Education Van to Cleve on Thursday morning and will be in Kimba on Friday, promoting the importance of being bushfire ready.

As part of the road show, CFS volunteers from around the district have been trying on personal protective clothing to make sure they are prepared for whenever they are needed.

CFS community engagement officer Therese Pedler said the aim of the roadshow was to ensure that residents had the information they need to be bushfire ready.

“We’ve been going around talking to people about their survival plans, the fire bans and how to protect themselves,” she said.

“Just because the season hasn’t officially started, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any bushfires.

“On Tuesday we had five fires in the region.”

The CFS is encouraging residents to be aware of their district’s Bushfire Safer Places and Last Resort Refuges and when to use them.

This is in addition to being aware of the fire danger rating and having an updated survival plan.

Ms Pedler suggested that residents download the Alert SA app on their smartphones, which can alert them of any bushfires in the region.

For more information about being prepared for a fire, or for fire danger ratings, visit the CFS website at cfs.sa.gov.au.

Bushfire season starts on Wednesday, November 1, and continues until April 15.