Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Bushfire awareness at Lachlan

AS the peak of the bushfire season approaches, the Lachlan Fire Brigade has invited local residents to a community fire safety information evening on February 11. Brigade chief David Gleeson said the event was part of the brigade’s community engagement plan, focusing on encouraging residents in the Lachlan Valley to be more bushfire aware.

“With the recent rain and growth of scrub and grass, followed the periods of hot weather, there is the potential for increased bushfire risk within the valley,” Mr Gleeson said. “Recent fire incidents in the area have highlighted the need for residents to be more bushfire aware and continue to prepare their properties.”

The community fire safety information evening will be held at the Lachlan Fire Station on Tuesday, February 11, at 6.30pm. Mr Gleeson said the public would be able to learn about community fire response plans, obtain the latest information and advice on preparing their properties as well as using household fire fighting equipment such as portable pumps and hoses.

“We’d like to see as many residents as possible come along and meet with the members of their local fire brigade as well as enjoying a sausage sizzle. We hope they also leave with a greater understanding of the role and responsibility of the brigade in protecting the rear flank of Hobart across the Wellington Range,” Mr Gleeson said.

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