WILDFIRE -- What will you do to save yourself and your family?
WILDFIRE - BUSHFIRE - FIRESTORM -- Words that describe catastrophes.
BUT - These words are not enough to convey the absolute pain and horror that is devastating communities across the world.
FIRST COMES THE FIREFRONT...
Then thick, choking smoke,
Covering all in its path.
Sunlight, is quickly snuffed out.
Through the smothering darkness,
And fanned by the strong winds,
The wildfire roars into life.
Showers of burning embers,
Drop out of the sky.
Lethal cinders turn homes into ash,
Cars burn and engine-blocks melt.
Many panic, some make it to safety, others don't.
Farm animals & fauna stampede.
They are trapped - or tangled-up in fences - and perish when the flames overtake them.
Families and towns are devastated.
The frequency and intensity of these destructive events is increasing. Governments, firefighters and communities are struggling to address this burning issue.
Sometimes, fires rage out of control. They are so fierce and travel so fast, that there is not enough time, equipment or resources to stop them.
When this happens, you and your family are really on your own.
It is too late to effectively do anything to stop the on-rushing wall of flames. Even if there are water-bombing aircraft close-by, ready to dump tons of water on the fire-front...it may still not be enough...
PREPARATION IS THE KEY TO SURVIVAL
So....how will you prepare your home and your family for surviving these wildfire events?
We live in Australia and have been researching the various causes and effects of bushfires/wildfires since 2006.
As a former professional member in the Victorian Country Fire Authority, Daryl is an experienced firefighter with a wealth of knowledge about Fire-fighting operations.
With a background of research and analysis within the Australian Dept of Defence, Graham has been developing new strategies and tactics to protect people and communities from these catastrophic events.
Over the past few years, our nation has seen the most devastating long-term drought in our history. This has significantly increased both the frequency and the intensity of wildfires during this past decade.
Some examples include;
Canberra - Our National Capital - 2003.
To the south and west of Canberra, bushfires combine to form a huge firestorm that drives into the western suburbs. It claims the lives of 4 people, injures many more and destroys over 500 homes.
Victoria - 2009.
On Saturday, February 7th, massive firestorms rage through parts of Victoria. Families and towns are virtually wiped out.
With 173 deaths, many injuries and the widespread destruction of towns, farms and livestock, this stands as Australia's worst 'natural disaster.'
The aim of this website is to help people to better prepare themselves for these catastrophic events.
Battling wildfires is not just about firefighting strategies & tactics - although these elements will also be featured.
The first part in any endeavour is preparation.
"By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail."
~ Benjamin Franklin
And preparation for wildfires includes preparing yourself - your family, home and environment. Your fireplan must include everything to ensure your survival.
Fireplan design may include;
** Knowledge base - wildfire behaviour and mitigation factors.
** Bioversity - how to promote nature to help reduce wildfire risk.
** Water - how to utilise this precious resource.
** Shelter - protection from flames & radiant heat.
** Refuge - for community groups in high density residential neighbourhoods.
** Firefighting - new equipment, strategies & tactics.
** Aftermath - rebuilding for the future.
More complex tactics that State and Federal Authorities can implement to significantly reduce these destructive events will also be included.
Following the Victorian Black Saturday Firestorms of February, 2009, a Royal Commission has been set up to find out what happened, what worked well - and what did not.
The website will be updated with Royal Commission findings and other information as it comes to hand.