Brooke Boulden using the Farm Fire Unit Hose after starting the pump.
South Australian Country Fire Servicerecently ran their free two-day award winning Firey Women Workshop on the island to empower women to learn how to protect themselves and their families in a bushfire.
Marina Gregor building confidence in starting a farm fire unit pump.
Women came from as far as Cape Forbin, D’Estrees Bay, Nepean Bay, Kingscote, Brownlow and Flinders Chase.
Women learnedabout the seven keys to bushfire survival:
Sarah, back left, Cyrita, Hester, Vivienne, Ruth, Marina, Connie, Vanessa, and front Leeza, Brooke, Janine, Archie, Lisa and Tina.
Understanding Bushfire Risk & BehaviourRecognising Fire Danger DaysPreparing Your Home and PropertyActing on Fire Danger DaysPhysical & Emotional PreparationCreating Emergency KitsWriting & Practising your Bushfire Survival PlansThe women left the workshop with the beginnings of their own Bushfire Survival Plan, and a good knowledge of how to prepare their own properties and businesses for bushfire and really understood the meaning of “leaving early” and “staying and defending” in the event of a bushfire.
The women understood some of the greatest risks and mistakes people make every time there’s a fire like getting into their vehicle and thinking they will out run the fire.
They also became aware of the importance of really understanding weather and environmental conditions that can change the way a fire behaves and where to get reliable information before a fire even begins.
The program was described as “very informative” byparticipants, with the workshop so informative thatone participant suggestedfor the program to be “compulsory for everyone in high risk areas”.
Thank you very much. I feel a lot better prepared. I have a lot more confidence and know that I can handle the potential situation better.
“It has given me confidence with understanding fire dangers and how to prevent a tragedy/lessen risk of harm from a bushfire,” one participant said.
“There was a lot of fun with some of the hands-on skills including starting a fire pump, getting into the best position if stuck in a vehicle and looking at and handling bushfire emergency kit items that could be used if trapped and forced to stay and defend their homes,” another participant said.
CFS Community Engagement Officer Vanessa Geerts said it’s great that there are 12 more Kangaroo Island Residents and their families who will be better prepared this coming fire season.
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