Minister reminds Canberrans to prepare for bushfires

Released 27/09/2013

MINISTER REMINDS CANBERRANS TO PREPARE FOR BUSHFIRES

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today reminded Canberrans to 'PREPARE. ACT. SURVIVE', ahead of the ACT bushfire season which officially starts on Tuesday, 1 October 2013.

"Summer is just around the corner and it is important for all Canberrans to prepare their property and to have a Bush Fire Survival Plan," Mr Corbell said.

"Forecast indicators at the moment point to a wetter than average spring and a dry hot summer period for the ACT. This is expected to bring a large amount of grass growth, which could present a problem over summer for grassland fires if a drying trend eventuates.

"This summer the ACT remains prepared for bushfire. ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTF&R) and the ACT Rural Fire Service (ACTRFS) have resources and personnel in place to protect the community."

This includes:

 550 volunteer firefighters from eight brigades with the ACTRFS;

 Over 300 operational firefighters from ACT Fire & Rescue;

 140 firefighters from ACTRFS Parks Brigade under the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate;

 Two water bombing helicopters on standby in Canberra during the height of the season; and,

 Over 1000 Community Fire Unit volunteers located strategically around the urban interface.

Mr Corbell said people also need to be mindful of their livestock and pets if fire arrives at their doorstep.

"We saw in January this year the important actions some of our region's horse owners took by using the Equestrian Evacuation Centre at Exhibition Park," he said.

"It's pleasing to see the ACT Equestrian Association has produced a horse response trailer that carries 24 temporary pens, a solar generator, ropes, feed and water buckets to support evacuated horses in a safe and orderly fashion."

The bushfire season will end on 31 March 2014, unless conditions warrant an extension.

A Bush Fire Survival Plan can be downloaded from the ESA website at www.esa.act.gov.au.

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Section: Simon Corbell, MLA | Media Releases

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