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THE Country Fire Service is holding a series
of two-day bushfire safety workshops over
the coming months aimed at helping women
prepare for the fire danger season.
The Firey Women program, which has gained
national recognition through the Australian Safer
Communities Awards, will take place at Nurioot-
pa, Waterloo and Roseworthy.
CFS community engagement officer Helen
Hennessy said the workshop had been well re-
ceived since its inception nine years ago.
"Firey Women was developed following the
Wangary bushfires, based on research that identi-
fied the need to educate women within rural com-
munities on bushfire safety," she said.
"During bushfire incidents, it was not uncom-
mon for women to remain home with the children
while their partners were out fighting the fires.
"Without an awareness of bushfire safety and
the knowledge required to defend their homes
and protect their families, this left them vulner-
The Firey Women program initially started on
Eyre Peninsula and is now delivered throughout
Topics at the workshop include understanding
bushfire warnings and fire danger ratings, prepar-
ing a Bushfire Survival Plan, identifying hazards
around the home and operating pumps and fire-
The two-day workshops will be held at Nuri-
ootpa Public Library on August 24 and 31, Wa-
terloo Hall on September 3 and 10, and Rosewor-
thy Campus on September 14 and 21.
All workshops are run from 9am to 3pm, with
a shared lunch.
Anyone who is interested in taking part in a
Firey Women session should contact the Com-
munity Engagement Unit (8212 9858).
THE recent wet and cool conditions in
the Lower North will not make it any
less vulnerable to a large-scale bushfire
when things warm up, according to the
Country Fire Service.
CFS Region 2 regional commander John
Hutchins said although reasonable rainfall
this winter had helped, conditions would
change quickly and the area was still in dan-
ger if people were not properly prepared.
"At this time of year people need to keep
the vegetation that they can mow down to
as low as possible," he said.
"Take a critical look at your asset and
identify where fires might come from...look
at the fuels that are in the way and remove
Property owners can get ahead by clearing
all gutters and creating as much defendable
space as possible around their home.
Dead vegetation from around homes
should be removed and the lower limbs of
trees should be pruned.
Residents should also look to 'ember-
proof ' their homes by sealing gaps and areas
under their home, verandas or balconies,
repair any loose tiles or gaps in your roof,
cover windows, crevices and vents with fine-
wire mesh or flywire and repair or fill nooks
and crannies where leaves or embers could
Mr Hutchins said people on larger prop-
erties should consider burn-offs now so they
were prepared when bushfire danger season
hits in November.
"People need to start looking at burn-
ing off, go to their local councils to make
sure they are following government burning
rules," he said.
Home owners should also check with
their council to see if a permit is required to
burn off garden waste, or they can dispose
of the material through mulching or at a
council rubbish dump.
Mr Hutchins said preparing a bush-
fire action plan at this time of year was
"Go onto the CFS website and get your
bushfire action plan," he said.
"The critical thing is to not only have a
plan, but to practise that plan.
"Even if you plan to leave early, there is a
greater chance that your home will be saved
if you have undertaken preparations."
For more information on how to be bush-
fire ready, visit cfs.sa.gov.au
COUNTRY Fire Service call-outs have
increased dramatically over the past
15 years, with crews facing increasing
demand due to a number of factors.
Call-outs have increased by more than
100 per cent in some rural stations around
Gawler, with crews dealing with a broader
spectrum of incidents due to population
A CFS spokesperson said brigades around
the Gawler area now had to deal with more
varied incidents than they did 15 years ago.
"We are getting called out to attend more
car accidents, fallen trees, that sort of thing,
than we were 15 years ago," he said.
Williamstown's CFS brigade attended 111
incidents in the 2013/14 season, compared
to just 50 in 1998/99, while Roseworthy was
called out to 139 incidents in the past year,
compared to 56 in 1998/99.
The most common call-outs continue to
be scrub, grass and stubble fires, while fallen
trees and vehicle accidents are on the rise.
Concordia attended 48 incidents in
2013/14, compared to 31 incidents in
1998/99, while Lyndoch was called out to
89 incidents in 2013/14, compared to 46 in
Freeling's call-outs have risen by almost
100 per cent, attending 62 incidents in
2013/14, compared to 35 in 1998/99, while
Gawler River has had a similar rise, attend-
ing 77 incidents in 2013/14, compared to
40 in 1998/99.
Of the small stations in the region, Shea-
Oak Log attended 48 incidents in 2013/14,
compared to just five in 1998/99, Greenock
was called out to 53 incidents in 2013/14,
compared to 18 in 1998/99, and Woolsheds/
Wasleys went to 48 incidents in 2013/14,
compared to 11 in 1998/99.
-- Carl Pfei er
Fiery Women to congregate
Rain no dampener
for fire season
CFS Region 2 regional commander John Hutchins, pictured at Region 2 headquarters in
Willaston, displays one of the pamphlets available from the CFS to help residents prepare for
the bush re season.
PHOTO: Carl Pfei er
Gawler - too lovely to litter
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