CFS to host two Bushfire Preparedness Workshops on Kangaroo Island

CFS Gosse fire incident controller Scott Turner answering questions at the Vivonne Bay community meeting back during the active fire in December 2018.
CFS Gosse fire incident controller Scott Turner answering questions at the Vivonne Bay community meeting back during the active fire in December 2018.

The South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) is helping people in Kangaroo Island community prepare for bushfires.

A free workshop could help save your life and protect your family and property.

In the next few weeks, there will be two Bushfire Preparedness Workshops held on Kangaroo Island:

  1. At the "The Shed" at American River on Saturday, November 9 from 9am to 5pm in conjunction with American River CFS Brigade.
  2. At the "Parndana Sports Club" at Parndana on Sunday, November 10 from 9am to 5pm in conjunction with Parndana CFS Brigade.

CFS Community Engagement Officer, Eve Keam said the workshop was designed as an information session to bushfire planning and prevention.

It covers topics including bushfire behaviour and warnings, property preparation, keeping safe, where to go and when, and the importance of having a Bushfire Survival Plan.

"It's absolutely vital that you are fully informed so that you can make timely decisions about whether to leave home early when dangerous bushfire conditions are predicted, and what the triggers for that decision will be," Mrs Keam said.

"You need to plan and practice this well before a bushfire is threatening, in fact, before the Bushfire Danger Season begins.

"Just thinking 'We will leave early if it looks dangerous' is not good enough.

Many people have died trying to leave their homes at the last minute. Being in a vehicle on the road is statistically the most dangerous place to be during a bushfire."

The workshop will also cover the bushfire risks for Kangaroo Island including local topography, vegetation types and climate.

The workshop covers the seven keys to survival, which are: preparing your home and property, creating emergency kits, writing and practicing your Bushfire Survival Plan, physical and emotional preparation, understanding bushfire behaviour, recognising fire danger days, and knowing what to do on those days.

Mrs Keam said the Bushfire Preparedness Workshops could be the catalyst for the creation of local Community Fire Safe groups, which enable residents in a neighbourhood to work together to protect their families and home from bushfire.

Everyone is welcome to this free event and refreshments will be provided.

For more information please contact CFS Community Engagement on 8115 3318.

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