Bunnings Emergency Services Volunteers BBQ
Thank you to Dural Bunnings for their support of the Dural RFS at the annual Emergency Services Volunteers BBQ.
Across NSW more than $100,000 was raised on the day for NSW RFS brigades.
The NSW RFS thanks Bunnings for its continued support through the Emergency Services Volunteers BBQ, which has now raised nearly $420,000 for volunteer brigades since its inception in 2014. Galston Garden Club Thank you to the Galston Garden Club for sharing some ofthe proceeds from the club’s annual Open Gardens weekend with the Dural RFS.
Fire Danger Ratings – What do They Mean for You
If you live or travel through an area where a bush fire can start you need to know what the Fire Danger Rating is and what it means so you can make the safest decision.
The Fire Danger Rating is the indication of the consequences of a bush fire if a bush fire was to start on that day. With everyone back at school and work you may need to consider what you or your family would do if a fire was to start on a weekday when you’re not at home. A fire need not necessarily be close to home to impact you (e.g. incidents on the M1 or M2 have caused traffic chaos for hours on many occasions). Things you should consider include:
Where would you meet the kids?
Can someone get the pets?
Who can you call on if the road between home and work is blocked and you can’t get back? When making any decisions regarding defending your property, please make sure that you are physically and mentally prepared to cope with the conditions on the day. If you are unwell or injured, please do not try to “soldier on” as you are at high risk of sustaining a serious injury. Be aware of local conditions and seek information by:
listening to local radio;
go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au; or
call the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
When looking at incidents on the Fires Near Me page, you will notice that the icons have different colours depending on their alert categorisation (Advice – blue; Watch & Act – yellow; Emergency Warning – red). These categorisations are based on weather conditions and the expected time to impact (<2hrs – 24+hrs) for surrounding communities. Use these colour codes to guide your decisions, e.g. in catastrophic conditions, those within the six hour impact time will be given an Emergency Warning, whereas those further away from the fire will receive Watch & Act or Advice alerts.