Bush Fire Information

IN AN EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 000

 

LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS (LEMA)

The Shire of Kojonup’s LEMA document is to ensure the community is prepared to deal with identified emergencies should they arise. It is not the intent of this document to detail the procedures for Hazard Management Agencies (HMA) in dealing with an emergency. These should be detailed in the HMA’s individual plans.

  • This document applies to the local government district of the Shire of Kojonup;
  • This document covers areas where the Shire of Kojonup provides support to HMAs in the event of an incident;
  • This document details the Shire of Kojonup’s capacity to provide resources in support of an emergency, while still maintaining business continuity and the Shire of Kojonup’s responsibilities in relation to recovery management.

These arrangements are to serve as a guideline to be used at the local level. Incidents may arise that require action or assistance from district, state or federal level.

Click here for the Shire’s ‘Local Emergency Management Arrangements’.

 

LOCAL RECOVERY PLAN

Following the impact of a hazard on a community within the Shire of Kojonup, there may be the need to assist the community recover from the effects of the emergency. This recovery is a coordinated process of supporting the affected community in:

  • Reconstruction of the physical infrastructure; and
  • Restoration of emotional, social, economic and physical wellbeing.

Its purpose is to assist the community attain a proper level of functioning as soon as possible. Recovery activities will normally commence in conjunction with immediate response activities but may continue for an extended period after response activities have concluded.

Click here for the Shire’s ‘Local Recovery Plan’.

 

2017/2018 FIRE BREAK INFORMATION

Click the following link for the 2017/2018 Bushfire Season with all the relevant dates and contact details.

Click here for the Shire’s ‘Firebreak Order 2017/2018’.

 

ARE YOU BUSHFIRE READY?

The Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) provides a number of excellent resources to make sure that you have a Bushfire Plan and known what to do in the event of a wildfire. If you do not have a Bushfire Plan already, the Shire of Kojonup highly recommends that you develop one using the following resources:

DFES – Bushfire Factsheet – Bushfire Survival Plan

DFES – Bushfire Survival Plan – Leaving for a Safer Place

DFES – Bushfire Survival Plan – Plan to Actively Defend

DFES – Bushfire Warnings – What Should You Do?

For further information and resources to assist you, please visit the DFES website – www.dfes.wa.gov.au/firechat

Or stop by the ‘Are You Bushfire Ready?’ website, newly launched in October 2016 – www.emergency.wa.gov.au/prepare

 

LOCAL VOLUNTEER BRIGADES – STRUCTURE

Ever wondered how the local brigades in Kojonup work? Click the following link for a 2 page report which explains how it all comes together.

Bushfire Structure in the Shire of Kojonup

 

FIRE BANS

Did you know that there are two different types of Fire Bans? One is imposed by the Shire of Kojonup with the advice of the Chief Bush Fire Control Officer (CBFCO) and local volunteer brigades. It is known as a ‘Harvest & Vehicle Movement Ban’ (HVMB). The other ban is known is a ‘Total Fire Ban’ (TFB) and is imposed by DFES. Either one or both can be active at any time during the bushfire season. You can receive an SMS from the Shire letting you know when a HVMB is active (see below for how to sign up to receive the SMS). For a full explanation in relation to the differences between the bans and what each one means for you when they are active, please read the following fact sheet:

Fire Bans Fact Sheet

 

GENERAL BUSHFIRE MESSAGES

A message from the Water Corporation for the 2016/17 Bushfire Season – don’t rely on Scheme Water!:

Scheme Water & Bushfires

A message from Western Power for the 2017 /18 Bushfire Season:

Putting Safety First in Bushfire Season

 

JOIN YOUR LOCAL BRIGADE

Are you interested in volunteering your time by joining a brigade in the Shire of Kojonup? If so, please fill in the Membership Form and return to Rob Cowie, Administration/Regulatory Officer at the Shire of Kojonup by emailing admin@kojonup.wa.gov.au or fax 9831 1566.

 

SMS NOTIFICATION DURING BUSH FIRE SEASON

If you wish to receive notification via your mobile. Please ring the Shire on 9831 2400 and provide your name, mobile number and brigade area. If you are a business wishing to receive notifications please give your business name.

Please do not rely on this system as the only way of receiving notifications, please call the bush fire ban line on 9831 0145 or alternatively,  – click here to check the Shire’s Facebook Page.