AS the Tasmanian fire season approaches, authorities say it’s important to have a plan and know your options.
Community Bushfire Protection Planning is a national initiative which assists in identifying safety options during a bushfire threat.
The Tasmania Fire Service works with communities, local government, service providers and other government agencies to create a Community Bushfire Protection Plan and implement risk management strategies.
Each plan is tailored to the individual community to best suit its needs. Tasmania Fire Service’s Bushfire Risk Mitigation Manager Chris Collins said it was important for people to be prepared, regardless of whether they choose to stay at their property or leave it.
“Understanding risks and taking steps to mitigate them is important for all members of the community, but especially those living in bushfire prone areas,’’ Mr Collins said.
“We want to make sure that people are informed, prepared and ready for when a bushfire strikes.’’
Community Bushfire Protection Plans provide advice on what to do:
• Before the fire;
• When fires are likely or nearby; and
• After the fire.
There are currently 133 Community Bushfire Protection Plans in place across the state, with nine new plans being developed this year for release before the fire season, including at Premaydena.
Additionally, six existing plans have been updated including Coles Bay and Falmouth.
To see your local area’s Community Bushfire Protection Plan visit the TFS website at http://www.fire.tas.gov.au.