Bushfires can have a long-lasting impact on lives, property, social settings, and critical infrastructure. Managed appropriately, the impact of bushfire events can be minimised.
Based on our understanding of bushfires and their behaviour, we review the potential bushfires risks and impacts and develop response procedures to bushfires and high-fire danger weather events.
Knowledge is power
The understanding of the potential bushfire risks and how they might be addressed is an important consideration as part of the operation of a facility or entity during the fire danger season.
We are able to provide comprehensive, insightful knowledge in varying forms, tailored to the stage of the project we are undertaking. We can offer our services from the initial concept stage through to completed projects with overlooked bushfire risk issues (which happens more often than you might think.)
We offer Due Diligence, with reviews of the potential bushfire risk for the site contributing to an overall site assessment that considers and provides expert advice on bushfire mitigation and the management of bushfire risk including areas such as environment, operations, vegetation, access/egress, landscape risk, ignition risk and human factors.
Our Bushfire Risk Assessments are comprehensive bushfire risk assessments that use methodology found in the AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 and incorporated into the National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines (NERAG) which can be utilised when submitting a Development Application for Planning approval.
A Bushfire Emergency Management Plan may be a requirement for your development, as any tourist accommodation within bushfire-prone areas a required to have one, as well as other businesses operating in bushfire-risk areas under conditions that require a response to protect personnel or assets – A Bushfire Emergency Plan outlines how the facility managers will respond to bushfire emergencies and operate during days of forecast high fire danger, actual reported bushfires, and bushfire warning messages from the South Australian Country Fire Service. It is a comprehensive and detailed document that becomes a set of instructions for a bushfire (or predicted extreme fire weather) event.
The Bushfire Emergency Plan will contain information that can be used by management and staff and shared (as deemed relevant or appropriate) with site visitors, contractors, guests, and Emergency Services.
The proposed contents of the Bushfire Emergency Plan can include:
- Site Overview
- Communication plan
- Bushfire risk assessment
- Roles of staff and visitors
- Bushfire response procedures (Actions to take on high fire danger days or reported bushfires)
- Procedures for CFS Bushfire Warning messages
- Evacuation Procedures (training and practising)