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Firefighters deployed to Queensland fires
Our Galston 1 fire truck was sent to Queensland on a five-day deployment in a strike team tasked to fight the fire on the Tingha Plateau near Glen Innes. The composite crew was made up of firefighters from Galston, Cherrybrook, Ku-ringgai, and Cowan bush fire brigades.

The strike team was diverted to the large fire at Wallangarra, on the NSW-QLD border. This fire has burnt over 43,800 hectares. The strike team also comprising trucks from Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai, The Hills and Cumberland were tasked with contacting the southern flank of the fire, which extended from Jennings, through Boonoo Boonoo to Basket Swamp National Park. We back burned around isolated properties to protect them from predicted wind changes, as well as locking in the southern and western flank to prevent the fire spreading as well as protecting the town of Jennings.

Dwellings in a bushfire prone area
Are you about to build in a bushfire prone area? Or maybe you’re unsure of the risks attached to your current property.

To find out if you’re in bush fire prone land go to the RFS website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and use the ‘Bush Fire Prone Land’ tool in the Plan and Prepare section.

If your property is bush fire prone you should consider reviewing your household insurance to check you are covered for the cost of complying with the necessary bush fire protection measures.

You should also look at upgrading the protection of your property for bush fire, especially if the dwelling has not been constructed with bush fire protection measures incorporated into its design.

Additionally, there are FIVE simple things you can do around your home to prepare it for a bush fire.

Brigade Contact Details: Duty mobile: 0491 119 152 Email: [email protected]