Are you bush fire ready?

Are you bush fire ready?

Well thanks to a recent Fire Education Day held in Perenjori, a number of people from the Northern Agricultural Region certainly are!

The event, organised and conducted by Perenjori Farming Forward, with support from the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC), focused on basic fire awareness, as well as bush and paddock fire-fighting training.

The day was aimed particularly at people living and working on farms within the Perenjori district.

With help from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)’s Ian Comben, and Dave Atkins from Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), participants were guided through many aspects of fire awareness, including planning and preparing for burning, protecting remnant vegetation, and practical skills for fighting a fire while staying safe.

NACC Natural Resource Management Officer Sarah Gilleland who attended the event, said one of the key messages from the day was: “protect yourself first!”  Followed closely by: “Always be mindful of the weather.”

“Overall the day was a great success, with many valuable lessons and skills learnt by all,” Sarah said.

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“It was really useful to gain tips about safety precautions surrounding fires, and to learn new skills for fire prevention.

“Fire-fighting techniques, like everything, are changing constantly, so it is great that Perenjori Farming Forward organised this event to help farmers keep on top of these changes.

“With predictions of potential increasing bushfire frequency and intensity, these opportunities are invaluable in our region.”

Keith Mulvihill of Finiterre Farms said he also found the day extremely valuable, saying that the course was really useful for anybody living or working in farming communities.

Perenjori Farming Forward’s Phil Logue thanked NACC, the CBH Group, DPaW and DFES for their support of the event – which was made possible through a NACC Biodiversity Community Grant, funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, with additional support from the CBH Grass Roots Community Fund.

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