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A goal of the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup is to improve safety practices throughout the community to reduce loss of life, personal injury and damage to property. To achieve this, a Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) has been meeting regularly since 1996 to develop contingency plans and carry out periodic exercises to test our readiness.
One of the outcomes of this planning process, is the realisation that every member of the community must play their part. This website will provide you with information, but if you do not take the time to put together your own emergency plan and survival kit, then you will be totally dependant on others to protect and assist you.
You can download the following information to assist your planning:
PROHIBITED & RESTRICTED BURNING TIMES
IMPORTANT NOTICE - These dates are subject to slight variation according to seasonal conditions, but any alterations will be advertised locally. If you are in any doubt please check with the Shire before burning.
PROHIBITED BURNING TIMES
( NO BURNING )
- 15 December 2012 to 14 March 2013 -
RESTRICTED BURNING TIMES
(Contact yout Fire Control Officer for a permit)
1st November 2012 to 14 December 2012
15th March 2013 to 26 April 2013
For a list of Fire Control Officer's, see Shire Fire Break Order. click here
Shire Emergency Risk Manual. This plan, collated in 2006, identifies the wide range of emergencies that might impact upon our community and what strategies needed to be put in place to reduce that risk. This comprehensive document provides an overview of the Risk Management process.
Shire Emergency Evacuation Plan. This plan details the process that would be followed during an emergency where there is a need to evacuate a specific area:
How would the Shire warn the community of the impending emergency?
How would the decision to evacuate be made?
What information would be provided to people who need assistance/ how would it be disseminated?
What agencies and community groups would the Shire work with to restore services and facilities?
How would we inform/communicate with residents?
Residents Information Flyer. This one page flyer lists contact numbers for many of the emergency services. Keep it in a place where it can be quickly accessed.
Join the Emergency Services
Our community relies heavily on bush fire brigades for protection against the threat and devastation of fire. Approximately 378 volunteers in the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup protect us from bushfires through fire prevention and risk management, fire suppression and fire safety education.
These volunteer bush fire brigades are administered by the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup and trained and supported in bushfire response and prevention.
Bush fire brigade volunteers are trained in:
personal and team safety
fire suppression methods
vehicle driving – on and off road
leadership and emergency management procedures
Volunteer firefighters learn to operate the wide array of equipment, vehicles and appliances used in fire suppression operations. Equipment used includes charged hoselines, portable pumps, tankers and communications.
Not all of the work involves active fire suppression or rescue activities. Fire education programs involve volunteers visiting schools, service groups, seniors' homes and local businesses to promote safety messages. FESA also provides training for this type of work.
In Donnybrook, we also have a volunteer Fire & Rescue Service Brigade, taking additional responsibility for fires involving man-made structures (such as houses and factories), chemical spills and road crash rescues.
A volunteer State Emergency Service (SES) also operates in the Shire. Their role is even broader than other emergency services –assisting in a wide range of emergency situations such as storm damage, searching for lost people and flood rescue.
These volunteers receive training in:
Search and rescue skills
General rescue and storm damage skills
The Shire of Donnybrook -Balingup strongly supports the recruitment of both male and female volunteers representing a wide diversity of ages, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Local Emergency Management Committee
The Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) comprises members of the community, Councillors and Shire officers. Their role is to identify possible emergencies and put strategies in place to mitigate the effect.
If you would like more information about LEMC, SES or bush fire brigades, please contact the Shire Ranger on 9780 4200.