New remote control sign warns of fire danger
By Community Emergency Services Manager Rob Koch
RESIDENTS and visitors coming to Toodyay from Perth, Northam or Goomalling may have noticed the town’s new electronic fire danger rating sign advising them of the day’s fire conditions.
The sign (pictured with Rob Koch [left], Toodyay Bendigo Bank Manager Kirsten Barrack and Mick McKeown) has been strategically located at the corner of Hamersley Street and Stirling Terrace to ensure maximum exposure at the Perth side of town.Read more
Toodyay Central Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade acquired the sign with funding from the Toodyay and districts Bendigo Community Bank.
The Shire of Toodyay installed the sign and will provide ongoing management.
Toodyay Central Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Captain Mick McKeown said: “It is important that everyone understands fire danger ratings and what they mean for our safety.
“Ratings of severe, extreme or catastrophic mean fires may be hard to control and residents should consider their level of preparedness and even consider evacuating from high-risk or vegetated areas during such conditions,” Mr Keown said.
Kirsten Barrack, Toodyay and Districts Bendigo Community Bank manager said: “The sign really stands out and is a shining example of what can be achieved by supporting local business, which in turn support community groups”.
This type of sign is widely used in Victoria and has recently been adopted by local governments in fire-prone areas of WA.
The rating and message panel can be controlled remotely and are even capable of receiving automatic feeds from the Bureau of Meteorology.
The LED lights are powered by solar panels and automatically adjust their brightness throughout the day and night.
Fire Danger Ratings can also be found on the Bureau of Meteorology website bom.gov.au or emergency.wa.gov.au by referring to the Lower West Inland forecast district.
The Shire of Toodyay would like to thank the Toodyay Central Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade and the Toodyay and Districts Bendigo Community Bank for their hard work in bringing this project to fruition and reminds all residents to ensure that they have, and understand, their bush fire survival plan,
For further information visit dfes.wa.gov.au/emergencywa/prepare.
Toodyay Central Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, along with the shire’s other brigades, Bejoording, Coondle-Nunile, Julimar and Morangup welcome new members.
Contact the brigades’ local captains or the shire on 9574 9300.