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MESSAGE TO YASS RIVER-NANIMA BUSHFIRE BRIGADE MEMBERS - MARCH 28 2020

Due to the need to constrain the spread of CoVid-19 only essential visitors should attend the Fire Shed until further notice.

If you are unwell, do not enter the building.

If you do enter the building, please complete the register on the table and follow the instructions provided there.

Stuart Burrows

Captain, Yass River-Nanima Bushfire Brigade

MESSAGE TO MEMBERS AND THE COMMUNITY - MARCH 19 2020

Some of you may have seen a recent update from the NSW Rural Fire Service about the effect of the coronavirus on Rural Fire Service operations.

We would firstly like to reassure the community that all NSW RFS sites are operational at this stage and the Yass River-Nanima Bushfire Brigade will continue to respond to incidents as required. We will take additional health precautions to help ensure the safety of our fire-fighting teams.

However, to protect the health and safety of RFS members and the community at large, the RFS has decided to restrict activities. This means that training nights for our brigade and other planned gatherings are cancelled, and our AGM scheduled for May has been postponed. If any of our Field or Administrative Officers do not wish to continue in their current role until we can hold an AGM they should resign from their respective position so we can notify the Zone Manger as per the constitution.

Further information on the RFS response to the coronavirus outbreak is available from the NSW RFS website.

After an already difficult summer period, Australia is now facing another extraordinary challenge. As a community bushfire brigade we strongly support efforts to protect community and are pleased that the RFS is responding appropriately to the importance of slowing the community spread of the coronavirus. We will continue to keep you informed of further developments.

With best wishes for your health and safety in the months ahead,

Stuart Burrows

Captain, Yass River-Nanima Bushfire Brigade

Pete Clark

President, Yass River-Nanima Bushfire Brigade

LIGHTING A FIRE

Lighting a Fire, Quick Facts (Click)

You are NOT permitted to light a fire in the open (except cooking fires) unless you notify; your neighbours, the local brigade (6100 6252) and the Yass Fire Control Centre (6226 3100) at least 24 hours prior to lighting the fire. The Yass FCC must be contacted on a business day.

Never leave a fire unattended. If a fire does escape it is essential to call Triple Zero (000) immediately so that Emergency Services can respond effectively to minimise any possible damage.

During the declared Bushfire Danger Period you must obtain a permit from one of the brigade permit officers. The Bushfire Danger Period is usually from the 1st October through to the 31st March, although that can be varied depending on the season. Substantial fines and prison terms of up to 12 months may apply to persons found to be in breach of The NSW Rural Fires Act 1997 and its regulations. Civil law suits can also be brought against persons responsible for fire, by those seeking compensation, for losses sustained.

Permits are automatically cancelled during a declared Total Fire Ban.

Contact the brigade (6100 6252) if you wish to discuss lighting a fire, or obtaining a permit to light a fire during the fire danger period.

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CALLOUTS: 2019 - 2020

Yass River deployed crews to large fires in Northern NSW during Spring and numerous deployments to large fires in Southern NSW during this summer.


SPONSORS

Thank you to our sponsors for their continual support within our brigade. Their financial involvement helps ensure we keep our volunteers well equipped and provide a professional fire fighting service.

CTO Yarh Warrambui
Murrumbateman Rural Supplies