Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward MP has today announced that local residents across our region are being encouraged to have a plan in place as the bushfire season officially begins, with more than a third of the state now entering the ‘Bushfire Danger Period’.
Mr Ward said that the NSW Government was well prepared for the bush fire season, with the arrival of Large Air Tanker (LAT) ‘Boomer’.
“The NSW Government continues to ensure our devoted firefighters have the best support possible so they can continue to do what they do best – help protect our community,” he said.
‘Boomer’ can dump more than 11,300 litres of water or fire retardant at a time, and will be used for direct attacks on both bush and grass fires, creating containment lines, and providing urban interface protection.
“It will be just one of many resources utilised this season to support our local firefighters that will be deployed to help protect our communities across the Illawarra and South Coast.
“This impressive aircraft will support the efforts of our local firefighters on the ground to ultimately ensure that lives and property are kept as safe as possible this season.
“While our dedicated firefighters will do everything they can to prepare and protect our community, its also important for residents to do what they can to prepare for the fire season and make sure they make or update their own Bush Fire Survival Plan,” Mr Ward said.
“People should also remember that embers can be blown a great distance ahead of a bush fire, travelling several streets and potentially igniting spot fires.
“So whether you live near bushland or not, it’s absolutely essential you plan ahead – and prepare your property by doing things like clearing gutters of leaves, maintaining gardens, and checking your garden hoses can reach all corners of your property.
“Community members can learn more about bush fire preparation at one of 600 events across our State on Get Ready Weekend, on 22nd and 23rd September 2018.
“Firefighters will be available at station open days as well as local events to provide advice on reducing the risk to your home,” Mr Ward concluded.