Don’t wait until it’s too late – do your 5-minute bushfire plan now

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management 

Don’t wait until it’s too late – do you 5-minute bushfire plan now

4 December 2021

This Tasmanian Liberal Government understands the importance of keeping our communities safe from the threat of bushfires, which is why we are investing $111.5 million in bushfire prevention and safety measures over the Budget and forward estimates.

A Fire Permit Period was declared on Wednesday the 1st of December to ensure the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) is able to monitor fires during the upcoming spikes in fire danger and to mitigate the risk of bushfires as best as possible.

While the current overall assessment for the 21/22 Bushfire Season is for a normal fire potential, this means we will have bushfires and Total Fire Ban days – because that is normal for our state during the summer months.

The TFS is well prepared for the bushfire season, and we are urging the Tasmanian community to do the same, because we cannot be complacent about the dangers of bushfire.

A new advertising campaign ‘Bushfire – Why Risk It’, has been launched today calling on Tasmanians to act now and spend just a few minutes planning for what they will do if a bushfire threatens their home.

Tasmanians will see and hear ads on social media and in newspapers, on television and radio, all with the same message – “Don’t wait until it’s too late, do your 5-minute bushfire plan now!”

An easy-to-use template is available on the TFS website and is an excellent resource to get Tasmanians of all ages thinking about what they will need to do if a bushfire occurs near them.

Being prepared can make it less stressful and may reduce the impact it has on you and your loved ones if a bushfire does occur near you.

Don’t wait until it’s too late, go to www.fire.tas.gov.au to do your 5-minute bushfire plan now.

To view the campaign visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/h08csv0ssryllxp/AABGeCHVyl4fc7o1cGD-EZVCa?dl=0

Tasmania prepared for upcoming bushfire season

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Tasmania prepared for upcoming bushfire season

9 November 2021

This Tasmanian Liberal Government understands the importance of keeping our communities safe from the threat of bushfires, which is why we are investing $111.5 million in bushfire prevention over the Budget and forward estimates.

While the current overall assessment for the 21/22 Bushfire Season is for a normal fire potential, we know we cannot be complacent about the dangers of bushfire.

I’m pleased to advise that preparations for the upcoming bushfire season are well advanced, with more than 150 people taking part in a multi-agency pre-season briefing in Launceston today.

A total of 139 community bushfire protection plans and response plans have been developed, and 18 mitigation plans for at-risk communities and specific assets have also been prepared.

This year, a total of 217 fuel reduction burns treating over 32,000 hectares have to date been completed, and our successful “Red Hot Tips” Program has also supported farmers and large landholders to conduct 229 burns covering over 5,300 hectares.

The Tasmania Fire Service now has a total remote area capability of 144 career and volunteer firefighters, who undertook further training in September and October.

There are also 155 Parks and Wildlife firefighting personnel, with the Service also receiving $2.1 million to implement remote area firefighting helicopter winch capability, enabling the deployment of specialist firefighters quickly.

The Tasmania Fire Service has a Lightning Strike Strategy in place, and works closely with Parks and Wildlife Services and Sustainable Timber Tasmania, to detect and respond to fires caused by lightning strikes with the assistance of spotter flights and pre-positioned aircraft.

I am also pleased to advise that the Tasmania Fire Service has secured exclusive access to 11 aircraft for this Bushfire Season, including 7 helicopters and 4 fixed wing bombers prepositioned strategically throughout the state.

In addition to this, we also have access to 5 local helicopter providers, as well as Large Area Tankers if required.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is taking action to keep Tasmanians safe, and we will continue to invest to ensure bushfire safety and prevention.

I would like to thank all of our hardworking firefighters and volunteers who have been working tirelessly to ensure the safety of Tasmanians and to ensure we are well equipped to respond to situations that may arise this upcoming bushfire season. 

Remote area firefighters prepared and ready for summer

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Remote area firefighters prepared and ready for summer

30 October 2021

Tasmania’s team of remote area firefighters are continuing to prepare for the upcoming Bushfire Season, with a preparedness day taking place in Campbell Town today.

The preparedness day brings together the remote area firefighting volunteers from across the three regions of the state for the first time, and involves team building and skills maintenance.

These firefighters are equipped with the skills to work in Tasmania’s remote wilderness areas, to protect our iconic natural assets and to stop bushfires before they impact our cities, towns and critical infrastructure.

The specialist team has been bolstered ahead of the upcoming season, and we now have more than 140 Remote Area Firefighters ready to fight fires in our remote and isolated areas.

The Government introduced the Volunteer Remote Area Firefighting Program in 2018, and has provided $2.3 million to support the TFS with management, training and equipment to develop its volunteer and career remote firefighting capability.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is taking action to keep Tasmanians safe, and we will continue to invest to ensure bushfire safety and prevention.

PFAS Blood Testing Program announced for Tasmania Fire Service

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

PFAS Blood Testing Program announced for Tasmania Fire Service

16 October 2021

The Tasmanian Government welcomes the announcement of the Chief Officer, that the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) will initiate a voluntary PFAS Blood Testing Program.

The TFS will develop an implementation plan for the Blood Testing Program which will be led by the Deputy Chief Officer.

The implementation plan will be developed in conjunction with staff and volunteer representative groups, including unions and volunteer associations.

The management of PFAS is a priority for the Tasmanian Government, and while we recognise that the current national health advice is that PFAS blood tests have no diagnostic or prognostic value, we know that our firefighters want to have the option of blood testing to understand the levels of PFAS in their blood.

Implementing blood testing is another measure to prioritise the health, well-being, and safety of our firefighters. Importantly, the Government has already transitioned away from the use of PFAS foams and, together with the TFS, we’ll continue to work with environmental consultants who provide expert advice, undertake ongoing testing and determine remediation strategies.

Dedicated team to bolster volunteer support, recruitment and retention

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Dedicated team to bolster volunteer support, recruitment and retention

25 August 2021

Advertising has commenced today on six new roles as part of a team dedicated to volunteer support, recruitment and retention within the Tasmania Fire Service and the State Emergency Service.

Delivering on our First 100 Days Implementation Plan commitment, this $2.4 million investment is part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s plan to keep Tasmanian communities safe. 

The roles advertised from today include:

• 3 x Regional Volunteer Stakeholder Engagement Officers that will be for the North, South and North West;

• 1 x Coordinator Volunteer Strategy for SES;

• 1 x Administrative Support role for Volunteer Associations; and

• 1 x Supervisor for Volunteer Support.

Tasmania is fortunate to have around 5,600 volunteers in our fire brigades and our State Emergency Service and we are thankful every day for their magnificent dedication and contribution to our communities. 

It’s important, especially for our rural communities, that our highly trained volunteers are supported. That’s why these new staff are being recruited specifically to work with communities and brigades to support, recruit and retain our volunteers.