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Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade prepares for summer bushfire season

FEDERAL Member for Franklin Julie Collins recently visited the Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade to discuss plans for households to stay safe during the bushfire season.

Ms Collins toured the brigade’s station to learn more about its world-leading firefighting techniques and how households could best prepare for the summer ahead.

“With a forecast of above normal for risk of fires in the state this summer, it is critical to make sure families are prepared,” Ms Collins said.

“If you live in or near the bush, your home is at risk from bushfire.

“Bushfires that break out on very hot, dry and windy days, which are becoming a more regular occurrence, can spread rapidly and may be difficult or impossible for firefighters to control.”

Ms Collins said a properly prepared home was more likely to survive a bushfire and following the Tasmania Fire Service’s “Prepare to Survive Guide” would help keep the community and its firefighters safe.

“I would encourage residents in at-risk areas to get a copy of the guide and stay up to date with current alerts, warnings and fire danger rating at www.fire.tas.gov.au or free-call 1800 000 699,” she said.

“You can also pick up a copy of the Australian Red Cross Emergency RediPlan from my Rosny office or online at www.redcross.org.au/prepare.”

Ms Collin’s office is located at 18 Ross Avenue, Rosny Park.