Fire Danger Period set for earlier than usual start

Time is running out for residents to prepare for the upcoming fire season, with the official Fire Danger Period expected to begin in less than two weeks.

Following a dry winter and with a long, hot summer predicted, the official FDP is set to begin from November 20, at least three weeks earlier than most years, with Goldfields CFA Group officer Robert Ipsen encouraging residents to act now.

“It has been recommended to CFA chief officer Steve Warrington that the FDP begin on November 20,” Mr Ipsen said.

“Residents need to know what they can and can’t do during the FDP. They can find a lot of information on the CFA website, fire stations and police stations.

“The count down started months ago, but time is running out for prevention work to be done, like reducing fuel loads on properties.

“Brigades have had to respond to a number of burn offs which have got away from people because the current risk is a bit higher than people realise.”

With the upcoming fire season expected to keep brigades across the state busy, the CFA has released emergency response time data publicly for the first time, detailing the time it takes for brigades to reach an emergency scene.

The data is based on whether brigades meet the Customer Service Delivery Standard (SDS). Mr Ipsen said across the Central Goldfields Shire, the response times vary from six to eight minutes, for the time crews receive a pager alert, to the time they get on the road.

“From when the pager goes off, all of our volunteers hit the ground running, they consistently do their best to reach the response time and around 90 percent of the time they do,” he said.

For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Friday, November 10.

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