Eyre Peninsula urged to be prepared for fires

PREPARE: Emergency Services Minister Chris Picton with CFS Region Six commander Gavin Wornes and MFS commander Noel Dodd.
PREPARE: Emergency Services Minister Chris Picton with CFS Region Six commander Gavin Wornes and MFS commander Noel Dodd.

Emergency Services Minister Chris Picton shared a message for Eyre Peninsula residents to be prepared for the fire danger season during a visit to the region last week.

“Complacency kills, so we’re asking every household to be prepared, have a conversation and decide what you will do to protect your home and family if a bushfire occurs,” Mr Picton said. 

The fire danger season began in all three Eyre Peninsula fire ban districts on November 1.

Earlier this year the region was identified by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Council as having a higher than average bushfire potential this year.

Mr Picton met with CFS and MFS on visit to Port Lincoln last Tuesday and the agencies urged people to have their Bushfire Survival Plans ready for the upcoming season and prepare their properties.

Mr Picton said agencies wanted all people on Eyre Peninsula to be prepared for the bushfire season.

“We want everyone to be thinking about it, especially on the outskirts of town,” he said.

The CFS has been educating people about being “bushfire ready” and had its Big Educational Vehicle visiting Eyre Peninsula communities last week.

CFS Region Six commander Gavin Wornes said there was a guarantee that there would be fires this year and the community and emergency services needed to be ready.

“We know fires don’t stay in boundaries, they will travel where they see fit,” he said.

“Every year is a risk to us, the community needs to be ready as do emergency services.”

MFS Far North and Eyre Peninsula commander Noel Dodd said people living in urban centres like Port Lincoln should prepare themselves too by removing things like leaf litter and grasses around houses.

“Preparation is the key, preparation and awareness of where you’re located,” he said.

“Whether you’re living in a country or urban type environment it’s about that awareness that you can be impacted by a fire.”