Cameron Kitson and Kristin Norris at Gatton-Springdale Rural Fire Brigade Open Day.
Cameron Kitson and Kristin Norris at Gatton-Springdale Rural Fire Brigade Open Day. Gary Worrall

Rural fire brigades celebrate fire week throughout Lockyer Valley and Somerset

KNOWING what to do in an emergency was the message at the forefront as Gatton-Springdale Rural Fire Brigade celebrated the start of Rural Fire Brigade Week on Saturday.

Brigade members Kristin Norris and Cameron Kitson led the Gatton-Springdale efforts, and pushed the need for fire residents to have a survival plan.

“With all the dry weather we had, we want to remind everyone of the bushfire risk. It is important they have a survival plan,” Ms Norris said.

“We want people to report fires, but with all the forestry areas around here, it is important to be prepared.”

Blazer Bear with Gordon Owens, Nora Owens and Annabelle Glass.
Blazer Bear with Gordon Owens, Nora Owens and Annabelle Glass. Gary Worrall

Mr Kitson said all rural fire brigades had books and information on how to make a survival plan.

“You should identify clear areas, even a roadway, and plan and act early. Fires can jump quite quickly,” he said.

Michelle Prince can’t wait to drive the fire truck.
Michelle Prince can’t wait to drive the fire truck. Gary Worrall

They also pushed for properties to have correct street numbers visible from the road, to make identification easier.

“While technology helps, we ask the community to make the road number is clearly displayed, they should contact their local council for assistance and advice on their street number.”

Pauline Prince spreads the fire safety message.
Pauline Prince spreads the fire safety message. Gary Worrall

Mr Kitson said fire wardens were the starting point for issuing fire permits Any fire larger than two square metres needs a permit.

“If residents, especially newer ones, aren’t sure which brigade covers them, they can go to www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au it will help them locate the right brigade,” Mr Kitson said.

Reece Van Harskamp and Les Prince show off the new recovery room at the Gatton-Springdale Rural Fire Brigade.
Reece Van Harskamp and Les Prince show off the new recovery room at the Gatton-Springdale Rural Fire Brigade. Gary Worrall

Ms Norris said rural fire brigades could also help with controlled burns on properties, once a fire permit was obtained by the resident.

“Residents need to organise the permit. If you live on a rental property you need to contact the owner or the real estate to arrange it, and then the brigades can come and supervise the fire,” Ms Norris said.

Rural Fire Service Week continues until Saturday.


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