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 his message for Eyre Peninsula residents to be prepared for the Fire Danger Season during his visit to Port Lincoln on Tuesday.

“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. 

Fire Danger Season will begin 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 and the agencies urged people to have their Bushfire Survival Plans ready for the upcoming season and prepare their properties.

Mr Picton said all agencies wanted all people on Eyre Peninsula, even in a regional centre like Port Lincoln, to be prepared for the bushfire season.

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

INFORMATION: The CFS Big Educational Vehicle was located on the Port Lincoln foreshore on Tuesday.

INFORMATION: The CFS Big Educational Vehicle was located on the Port Lincoln foreshore on Tuesday.

The CFS has been educating people about being “bushfire ready” and had its Big Educational Vehicle visiting Eyre Peninsula communities this 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, which included removal of 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.”