Remember, in these times of hot, dry and windy weather, it is important for you to monitor local conditions and stay up to date:
Fire Danger Rating Information
Check in for Fire Danger Rating Information and updates for wherever you are, at NSW RFS (St Albans/Macdonald Valley is Greater Sydney Area).
Fires Near Me
Stay up to date with current incidents via the Fires Near Me NSW smartphone app, or at RFS website:
• Follow RFS Facebook for announcements and information
Early start to bush fire season in the HAWKESBURY AREA.
The Hawkesbury area will start the Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) early this year due to ongoing warm and dry conditions. While the bush fire season traditionally starts on 1st October each year, the Hawkesbury Area will begin the fire season on Sunday 1st September 2019.
During the BFDP, Hawkesbury residents will need a fire safety permit from their local fire station for any pile burning activities. This is in addition to the existing notification process through Hawkesbury City Council.
For more information on planning and preparing for fire, visit www.myfireplan.com.au
Remember, in these times of hot weather, check in for Fire Danger Rating Information and updates at NSW RFS and make it part of your My Fire Plan mindset.
• Web: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nswrfs/
How fireproof is your plan? Find out in five minutes at
www.myfireplan.com.au #myfireplan #nswrfs
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St Albans RFS Pioneer Trail Run
How to use our website
For information on what's happening in the brigade, please visit the Brigade Business page.
The Bush Telegraph page is for our community bloggers to post any helpful info relevant for our community.
The Brigade members area is password protected and is where you will find information and documents specific to our brigade.
During times of emergency please use the official RFS resources as your first port of call.
For those of you that use Facebook to keep up to date with the latest information on the Hawkesbury RFS, go to www.facebook.com/HawkesburyRFS, and follow us at https://www.facebook.com/StAlbansRFS/.
To check the current Fire Ban status for the Hawkesbury (Sydney) and to check the interactive Current Fires and Incidents map go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
Click here to download a copy of the plan and remember to visit NSW RFS website for more information to help with preparing your plan http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/bush-fire-survival-plan
Personal Protection Equipment
Have you got all of your PPE? Click on the image to find out more. If you are missing something, let Jane Blacker know and she'll get you your replacement equipment.
NSW Parliament has passed new, tougher penalties for people who deliberately and recklessly ignore Total Fire Ban declarations.
Between October 1st and March 31st fire permits are required for all fires regardless of the danger rating.
Fire Permits & Pile Burns - Before you light a fire please check the NSW RFS Guide to ensure that you follow the correct procedure. For more information please go to our Fire Permit Page
AFAC - Industry Safety Advice - PPC
The Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) has issued the following Industry Safety Advice dated 23 February 2015 regarding very recent independent research conducted by CSIRO into the assessment of contaminants in bushfire personal protective clothing (PPC).
Please click here for more information
We still have plenty of T Shirts - so let us know if you want one! The back of the T Shirt has "St Albans Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade" on it.