Farm fire safety and emergency planning


Farm fire safety and emergency planning

Are you from a farming community or a resident of a rural location?

Similarly, you probably understand the real and devastating impact of bushfire. Usually, farm fire safety is a key issue for those living in fire-prone areas.

Furthermore, there are a number of activities that farmers and rural residents can take to minimize the impact of fire. Under the banner of farm safety, property owners can manage farm fire safety activities by implementing a plan relating to some or all of the following:

  +  Firstly, Landscaping for fire prevention

 +  Secondly, Improvements around the home (AS 5414-2012 Bushfire water spray systems)

+  Next, Removing and reducing fuel loads

+  Hay fire safety

+  Namely, Restrictions and permits for farm fire safety

+  Private fire fighting equipment

+  Electric fences and powerlines

+  Livestock management for farm fire safety

+  Horses and bushfires

+  Lastly, Emergency management planning for farm fire safety

To stay and defend or leave

This question is probably being asked by many families as the real impact of recent fires in NSW become known (2019). In reality, it is always going to be the safest option to get yourself away from a bushfire or grassfire (leave early).

Even so, there are some real-world practical things you can do to protect your home and livestock.  The following are just a few actions one could take to protect themselves, but they can cost quite a lot of money:

  • Ensure your insurance is current and adequate
  • Install a bushfire fire sprinkler systems to take advantage of strong winds
  • Put in place a system of protection for at least 30 metres of defendable space around your home. This would be increased to 100m or more if you live on the top of a hill.
  • Use non-combustible range piping and fittings or protect those that aren’t non-combustible
  • Eliminate entry points for embers
  • Use diesel motors on your main and backup pumps
  • Ensure flow rates of the system are adequate
  • Keep at least 50,000 litres  of water available for firefighting
  • Learn how to fight a bush or grass fire and what to expect as one approaches your property

The dot points above are by no means complete. Please obtain advice from an “experienced” and qualified consultant before deciding to stay and defend. Remember there are no guarantees of safety and on days of extreme or code red the safest action you can take it to leave early.



Where to start first with farm fire safety

Usually, the only place to start is the planning process. In brief, we refer to the old business saying here “those who fail to plan are planning to fail”. Therefore, in terms of farm fire safety, this couldn’t really be closer to the absolute truth.

Firstly, failing to plan may contribute, not only to ineffective plans but an extensive increase in cost. Similarly, there are so many effective farm fire safety options, that without considering the best option for your specific location you may just waste money. Incidentally, there is a real possibility that a given budget may require additional funds, putting stress on the farm’s physical resources.

Prioritising farm fire safety activities

Next, critical priority is always going to be life safety. Therefore, actions need to be taken in relation to how the risks to life can be mitigated. As a rule, adding a fire safety feature to the home may help make a refuge from the fire. Together with,  simply planning to leave the property on advice from the emergency services.

In brief, these can be all very effective strategies.
Farm fire Safety and the subsequent recovery from the fire may include a plan to protect livestock. For instance, often stock is one of the largest assets on a farm and may mean the difference between successful and unsuccessful recovery after the fire.




How much does it cost to implement a farm fire safety plan?

The total emergency management plan will vary substantially according to the level of protection that has already been implemented.

By the way, one positive aspect relating to the implementation phase of an emergency plan is not doing everything at once. Likewise, when priorities are set there may be scope for budgeting for upgrades over the long term – one to five years.

Generally, most farming communities are already very aware of the need for farm fire safety planning and often only a comprehensive review is required.

About Syncretic Training Group emergency managers

In summary, we have been associated with emergency management for many years. Senior director Ken Walker spent 38 years in the fire services responding too and managing bushfire and other emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

Also, studying Fire Technology at Swinburne University and has a Graduate Certificate from the Institute of Fire Engineers.
Similarly, whether farm fire safety or other complex fire safety planning for large business, we have a solution for you.

Our farm Fire Safety Audits start at $595.

  •   Including, but not limited to:
  •   Next, Review of the current emergency management plan
  •   Then, Intensive review of the area of operation
  •   Also, a complete written report and/or emergency management plan
  •   Lastly, Mentoring and guidance to help with the plan implementation – we won’t write the plan or report and leave you alone.
  •   For example, our quotations always include a mentoring component.

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