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1. Fire Permits no longer required on the North West from Sunday Release Date: 2021-02-26
2. Permit Declaration Statewide Release Date: 2021-02-25
3. Leslie Vale house fire cause determined Release Date: 2021-02-25
4. New resource for students aims to build community resilience Release Date: 2019-11-08


Tasmania Fire Service

Fire Permits no longer required on the North West from Sunday

Date: 26 Feb 2021 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service has declared an end to the fire permit period for the North West region from 2am on Sunday 28 February. This means that people wishing to burn on their properties in the North West no longer require a fire permit. Fire permits are still required in the North and South until further notice.

During the 20/21 fire permit period 244 fire permits were issued by permit officers on the North West, and TFS crews responded to 63 reported vegetation fires in the region.

"As we enter autumn the high-risk period for uncontrolled bushfires has come to an end in the North West and Tasmanian firefighting agencies will now enter fuel reduction burning season," North West Regional Chief Shane Batt said.

"We encourage people to now consider burning on their own properties when conditions allow to reduce the bushfire risk for next summer.

"Even though permits are no longer required, landowners who plan on conducting burns on their property should be mindful of the weather, be well equipped and capable and to make sure it is done in consultation with the owners of neighbouring properties.

"Engagement with neighbours in the vicinity of any planned burning is recommended to ensure smoke will not adversely affect farming or harvesting operations, particularly the wine industry which is vulnerable to smoke at this time of the year," Mr Batt said.

At all times burning on private property is governed by local council by-laws which must be adhered to, and environmental laws which govern smoke emissions.

All burns must be registered with TFS on 1800 000 699 to prevent unnecessary brigade call outs.

Property owners planning to burn on their land should visit fire.tas.gov.au if they require information and advice.

The fire permit period revocation applies to the following municipalities:

Burnie
Central Coast
Circular Head
Devonport
Kentish
King Island
Latrobe
Waratah-Wynyard
West Coast



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire permits are now required for the Whole State of Tasmania.

A fire permit can be obtained by free calling 1800 000 699

Landowners in other municipalities are encouraged to register their burns by freecalling 1800 000 699 to avoid unnecessary brigade responses.

fire-permit-declaration-20-21.PDF



Tasmania Fire Service

Leslie Vale house fire cause determined

Date: 25 Feb 2021 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

A fire that destroyed a three-bedroom house at Leslie Vale today was caused by an electrical fault.

Crews from Summerleas, Kingston, Sandfly, Fern Tree and Margate were called to the fire on Parkdale Drive just before 10:30am after a neighbour called triple zero. The house was fully alight when they arrived, and no one was home at the time.

An investigation in the cause of the fire found that is started in a home office area due to an electrical fault.

The estimate of damage is $700,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

New resource for students aims to build community resilience

Date: 8 Nov 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

A resource aimed at teaching students how to prepare, respond and recover from the most common natural emergencies is now available in Tasmania.

Developed by the Tasmania Fire Service, Disaster Resilience Education Tasmania is an online teaching resource linked to the Australian Curriculum for students in years 5-8.

"Resilient communities assist emergency services during the response to an emergency because they have planned, they are prepared, and they know what they are going to do to help themselves," said Jeremy Smith, TFS Director Community Fire Safety.

"School children are a vulnerable section of our community and influencing their attitudes early will make them agents of change. DRET helps students understand how mitigation, planning and emergency drills can help them to be safer in a disaster emergency, and they also learn where to find Tasmanian flood, storm and bushfire emergency information

"People don't have to be a member of the emergency services to teach children and young people about disaster resilience, and this online resource equips teachers to do just that.

"The program is hosted on a website and is an easy to use, interactive teacher delivery package of five weekly lessons covering Tasmania's top three natural hazards of flood, storm and bushfire.

The Glen Huon community was most recently impacted by the summer bushfires that impacted the region, with many local families evacuating to the evacuation centre at Huon Valley PCYC.

"Glen Huon Primary School has been instrumental in the development of the resource, and now the project is finalised they have been using the resource in their classrooms for the past eight weeks. The recent bushfires came within one kilometre of the township, with some homes lost in the area. This means that many of the students have real life examples to draw on when working through the content of the resource.

"The students have already participated in a local project to plan a mural which demonstrate the region's bushfire risk," said Mr Smith.

The project has been funded through the Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Grants Program and has been a collaboration between the Tasmania Fire Service, other emergency services agencies, the Department of Education, parents and carers.

The resource is available at www.disasterresiliencetas.com.au.