Fires are more likely to occur on farms during harvest given the movement of machinery and vehicles through paddocks with cured crops.
To assist in the prevention of fires it is recommended that:
Equipment such as harvesters have regular maintenance checks conducted.
- Equipment is kept clean of dust straw and seed.
- After operations, park on a harvested or clear area.
- Ensure standing motors are serviced and area around them clear.
Having fire extinguishers on all equipment and fire fighting unit(s) on site may help in containing a fire before it gets out of control.
DFES have released a number of publications containing important information for farmers:
During fire season please ensure you have your mobile phone handy (and registered for the Shire’s Harvest, Vehicle Movement and Hot Works Ban) and listening to ABC local radio for harvest ban declarations.
Farm or private firefighting units and machinery form an important part of the Shire’s overall bushfire response.
To ensure safety and efficient integration with bushfire services, all private responders are reminded to:
- wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (i.e. long sleeves/pants, boots and gloves).
- report to Incident Control Upon arrival (or as soon as possible after the establishment of an Incident Control).
- applied for and obtained a Fire Response Vehicle Identifier Sticker (see below).
It is also encouraged that vehicles are fitted with a UHF (CB) radio. Channel 5 is the most commonly utilised channel during an incident, however alternate channels may be used depending on the size or number of incidents – please confirm communications channel when reporting to Incident Control.
Fire Response Vehicle Identifier Stickers
To assist authorities identify vehicles which can assist DFES in bushfire response, DFES and the Shire encourages owners of such vehicles or machinery to apply for a Fire Response Vehicle Identifier windscreen sticker. The stickers are designed to enable passage of approved vehicles through the vehicle control points (road blocks) where approved by the Incident Controller. Appliances or machinery without a Vehicle Identifier sticker may be delayed or prevented from assisting in the response.
Stickers are issued under a number of conditions including:
- the Fire Response Vehicle Identifier is for the purpose of fire response;
- when the vehicle is no longer used as a fire response vehicle (e.g. when sold) the identifier will be removed;
- compliance with the Road Traffic Act 1974;
- identifier can be revoked by an Incident Controller or authorised person at any time;
- appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and Clothing will be worn at all times;
- the driver will ensure that the vehicle’s presence at an incident is recorded on both arrival and departure;
Stickers for the period ending 30 September 2018 are now available. Application forms are available from the Shire Administration Centre or download here.
Multiple stickers may be issued to persons with multiple suitable vehicles/equipment – one application form per vehicle is required.
The Shire will utilise SMS to communicate with Vehicle Identifier holders (i.e. upon expiry, or any changes to the scheme), therefore a mobile phone number (or numbers) will be required as part of the application. Stickers will be mailed to applicant following vetting of the application by the Shire.
Should you have any questions please contact the Shire on 9574 2258.