In April, 50 RFS volunteers in the Far North Coast were presented with National Medals and Long Service Medals and Clasps by Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons in recognition of their valued 1207 years of service to the NSW Rural Fire Service. There is immense pride at the Lennox Brigade in our Captain Bill McKenzie recognised for his 20 years of service.
Remember, as we enter the cooler months, does your family have a plan in the event of fire? How fireproof is your plan?
• Make sure you and all your family know two safe ways out of every room in your home.
• Have a written home escape plan in case of fire and practice it regularly.
• Never ever leave cooking unattended.
• If you have a fireplace in your home, make sure the chimney is clean.
• If you have a fireplace always place a screen in front of it when in use.
• Check electric blankets for damage or frayed cords before placing on the bed.
• Take care to keep curtains, tablecloths and bedding away from portable heaters.
• Keep wet clothing at least 1 metre from heaters or fireplaces and never leave unattended.
• If you use a clothes dryer make sure you clean the lint filter each and every time you use it.
• Only use one appliance per power point and switch off at the power point when not in use.
• Always extinguish candles or any other open flames before going to bed. Never leave candles or any other open flames unattended.
• Always handle candles or any other open flame with care.
• Store matches or lighters in a secure place not accessible to young children.
• Remember that smoke from a fire will make you confused and that you cannot see in smoke.
• When asleep you will not smell smoke and it will in fact put you into a deeper sleep.
• If you have escaped from a home fire, remember once you get out stay out and dial Triple Zero (000).
• Oil, gas or wood heating units may require a yearly maintenance check.
• Only ever use fuses of recommended rating and install an electrical safety switch.
• Never use wheat bags in bed.
Occasionally we get callouts that are a little broad in description. This can happen if there is a fire sighted along the highway for example. A helpful free phone app is Emergency +. This not only gives you one touch calling to a variety of emergency services, but also gives you your location with GPS coordinates and an address description. This can be of great assistance to everyone and speed up response times. The more info on the location of the emergency you can give, the better.