Community programs

When living in a high fire risk area your first priority will be the safety of your immediate family and protection of your home.  Once you have this in hand you may want to develop survival strategies in conjunction with your neighbours or on behalf of a community group you belong to (such as Scouts, Girl Guides, Rotary, Friends of National Parks, Bushcare, Landcare etc).  By working together with your neighbours or group you will be in a better position to prepare for fires, thereby increasing your chances of survival.

Community Strategies

Community strategies may include:

  • making plans to care for young children, elderly and disabled people in the street in the event of a bushfire,
  • making plans for your pets and your neighbours' pets,
  • nominating a house in the street most likely to survive a bushfire for others to shelter in,
  • developing phone trees to improve the chance of receiving an early warning if there is a bushfire in the area,
  • organising working bees to reduce fuel hazards,
  • improving access between properties,
  • becoming familiar with each others fire fighting equipment,
  • organising bulk buying of fire fighting equipment,
  • developing a neighbourhood resource list,
  • being aware of each others bushfire survival plans and sharing ideas and innovations
  • researching the fire history in your area,
  • working together with the CFS Community Engagement team to learn how fires behave and how they destroy homes,
  • conducting a street to walk with your local brigade to identify fire hazards,
  • producing a map of your area, identifying property owners, local dams and other water supplies and providing a copy to your local CFS brigade,
  • checking with the local school to find out what they plan to do in the event of a fire,
  • making your property firefighter-friendly - can fire appliances fit through gates and reach water supplies etc?
  • establishing a creche to free up adults to patrol against spark and ember attack,
  • creating a library of CFS brochures, fact sheets and pamphlets for you and your neighbours (and check back on the website regularly to keep it current).

In a major bushfire, a fire appliance will not be available to protect every home. Neighbours are often the first, and sometimes only, assistance that you can count on during a bushfire. It is important you take responsibility for your own bushfire safety.

CFS Community programs

Our Community Engagement Unit has developed a number of programs for communities in high bushfire risk areas.

These programs raise awareness of:

  • your bushfire risk
  • bushfire behaviour
  • how to protect your house and property
  • your personal safety
  • bushfire survival planning.

More information

Upcoming meetings and public events

 

Contact the CFS Community Engagement Unit
Phone: (08) 8212 9858
Email: CommunityEngagementSupport.CFS@cfs.sa.gov.au

Information sessions

We run community sessions to provide you with the basic information you need to prepare, act and survive. These sessions cover:

  • what actions you can take for your safety
  • the role of the CFS , local government and other agencies in bushfire management.

Bushfire Blitz Meeting

The Bushfire Blitz meeting is an informative and interactive presentation that takes 45 minutes.  The meeting focuses on:

  • the area's bushfire risk
  • bushfire behaviour
  • how to protect your house and property
  • personal safety
  • bushfire survival planning.

Bushfire Ready Meeting

The Bushfire Ready Meeting is an awareness and information session for the general public. The meeting lasts 90 minutes and goes into more detail than the Blitz overview.

For more information about these meetings, or to set up a meeting in your community please contact the CFS Community Engagement Unit.

Bushfire Ready for Organisations

We have developed a number of Bushfire Ready sessions and resources specifically for organisations. These sessions help you prepare your people, work site and organisation for the next bushfire season. Learn:

  • about bushfire behaviour and Bushfire Safer Places
  • about the Country Fire Service's key advice for working and travelling during the Fire Danger Season
  • how to prepare a Bushfire Safety and Survival Plan for your business
  • what resources are available to help you develop your Bushfire Safety and Survival Plan and keep yourselves and your clients safe.
  • the Fire Danger Ratings and emergency warning messages and have confidence in the advice you give to staff and clients.
  • options for operating safely during days of high fire danger, considering your individual circumstances. 

If you are part of an Industry Group that would like to hear more, or share concerns with neighbouring businesses who would like to learn with you, please contact us to arrange a free training session and resources.

Collaboration

We will work with you to increase your understanding and skills around bushfire safety.

Bushfire Ready for Carers Workshop

The workshop provides information to employees, contractors and volunteers of organisations providing home and community care services. It covers:

  • bushfire survival information for workers
  • explores your organisation's policies
  • looks at how workers can assist vulnerable clients to be better prepared for bushfires.

Firey Women

We have developed this workshop to provide women with a safe non-threatening setting to learn new skills to protect their families and livelihoods. Workshop topics include:

  • Preparing yourself emotionally
  • Understanding the new bushfire danger ratings and warnings
  • Deciding when to "leave early" or "stay and defend"
  • Preparing a Bushfire Survival Plan
  • Identifying hazards around the home
  • Operating pumps and fire fighting equipment
  • Bushfire Behaviour
  • Preventing Injury

These award winning workshops cover both information and practical sessions over two days or four evenings.

Community Fire Safe

We initiated this program to encourage residents living in high-risk areas to form small action groups. Groups may consist of families living in the same street or area who face a common bushfire threat.

You will learn how fires behave so you can develop the best strategies for yourselves and your local community. These strategies work because they have community ownership and support.

Groups operate autonomously and focus on their own special needs. They draw on the support of CFS staff and volunteers whenever they need it. The program is flexible.

It supports groups that develop in streets as well as groups such as Friends of National Parks, Landcare and Neighbourhood Watch who wish to cover fire safety.

A Community Engagement Officer, with the assistance of CFS volunteers, will provide ongoing technical information and resources to each group.

This may be informal meetings to discuss issues such as:

  • fire behaviour
  • fire prevention
  • house survival.

It may also include a street walk so the group can identify local fire hazards and familiarise themselves with firefighting equipment on neighbours' properties. Groups can then make decisions about the best way to protect themselves in a way that fits their situation.

Bushfire Ready for Tourism

Our Community Engagement Unit runs free targeted Bushfire Preparedness workshops across South Australia to help tourism organisations prepare for the bushfire season.

Topics covered:

  • Bushfire behaviour
  • Fire Danger Ratings and emergency warning messages
  • Learn how to prepare a Bushfire Safety and Survival Plan for your business
  • Learn about the Fire Danger Ratings so that you can have confidence in the advice you give to staff and guests
  • Explore options for operating safely during days of high fire danger.

To organise a session for your tourism group or area contact:

Peta O'Donohue
Phone: (08) 8463 4129
Email: Peta.ODonohue@sa.gov.au

Bushfire Safety for Organisations and Business

All businesses, organisations and individuals who work in or visit bushfire risk areas need to develop and implement their own Bushfire Safety and Survival policies, plans and procedures. We have resources to help prepare your people and your business for the next bushfire season.

Other Community Engagement programs

Bushfire Planning Workshops

These workshops are tailored for industry or special interest groups with detailed bushfire information structured specifically to suit their purposes.

To find out more or to arrange a workshop contact the CFS Community Engagement Unit.

School Safety Sessions

Presentation sessions within a school cover general safety information with an emphasis on home fires and bushfires.