24 February 2022
The Shire would like to acknowledge and thank the Bushfire Brigades, farming community and spontaneous volunteers for their ongoing support and commitment to bushfire response within the Shire and throughout the Region.
Volunteer safety is critical when responding to emergency situations and bushfires and the Shire would like to provide the following advice regarding Personal Protective Clothing (PPC)/Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
The following minimum dress standards are recommended and supported:
Farm Response/Spontaneous Volunteer:
- Loose fitting clothing made from natural fibres (wool, cotton, denim)
- Long sleeved shirt
- Trousers or long pants
- Sturdy footwear
- Woollen or cotton socks
- Wide brimmed hat
- Eye protection goggles/glasses
- Wet cloth or face mask.
Any PPC/PPE worn must be fit for purpose and meet the standards. For an example of appropriate PPC/PPE see here. People wearing tee-shirts, shorts and unsuitable footwear (thongs etc.) should not be allowed to enter the fireground. Please take the time to put on appropriate clothing before attending any incident to mitigate any risk of injury.
Please contact the Shire or your local Bushfire Brigade if you wish to register to become a Bushfire Brigade Volunteer. Free PPE/PPC is provided along with training to all registered Bushfire Brigade Volunteers.
For more information please contact Mark Teale, Community Emergency Services Manager on 9927 0000 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org