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Welcome to Megalong Valley Volunteer Bushfire Brigade Web Site

The purpose of the website is to keep brigade members and residents informed of the brigade's activities and provide an opportunity for feedback from the community.
For information about Fire Activity in NSW check RFS Current Incidents NSW, Check Social Media - RFS Facebook - Twitter, listen to your local radio station ABC-702am or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.  Also the ABC Emergency web site provides information on statewide emergencies including current fire incidents. For information on bushfires in NSW click on the link  NSW Rural Fire Service
Interested in joining the Megalong Valley Volunteer Bushfire Brigade? Then contact the Rob Morse, the Brigade Captain on Ph 024787- 5691 and complete the following application Click Here
New  Know Your Risk of Bushfire
Click on the link to do a quick check of Your Bushfire Risk

New  Bushfire Survival Plan
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Download New Bushfire Survival Plan
New  FREE - Bush Fire Risk assessment

Robert Morse, Megalong Valley Community Engagement Officer is available to provide specific advice on how to reduce the impact of bush fires on your property. Robert can be contacted on Ph 4787 5691 or email robertmorse@bigpond.com

Don't know where to start? You could:

  1. Number 1  TRIM - overhanging trees and shrubs.

  2. Number 2  MOW - your lawn and remove all the cut grass.

  3. Number 3   REMOVE - material that can burn around your home (e.g. door mats, wood piles, mulch, leaves, paint, outdoor furniture).

  4. Number 4   CLEAR - and remove all the debris and leaves from the gutters surrounding your home.

  5. Number 5   PREPARE - a hose or hoses that can stretch all around the house.

Just a few small actions now could make all the difference if fire your home.

Farm FireWise
Farm FireWise helps NSW rural landholders prepare for and prevent bush fires. It provides support and advice on building bush fire preparedness into your business plans, and gives you the knowledge and skills to protect your family, home and business when bush fire threatens your property.

Donations to the Brigade
Donations to the Megalong Valley Volunteer Bushfire Brigade can be made by making a deposit to the brigades bank account BSB 633000 Acc No. 149840845, Bendigo Bank, Katoomba Branch

Video on How to Prepare Your Site for Bushfire
Below is a YouTube video produced by the RFS on preparing your site for Bushfire scroll down to view short videos on how to prepare for bushfires

What to do During a Fire

Remember - Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a Bush Fire Survival Plan, ensure you know what you will do before, during and after the fire.

Remember - leaving early is your safest option

Before the fire

  • Put on your protective clothing

  • Turn on the radio to keep yourself informed

  • Bring pets inside and keep them in one room

  • Close all windows and doors

  • Block spaces beneath doors and windows with wet towels

  • Fill buckets, sinks and bath tubs with water ready to put out spot fires

  • Have your firefighting equipment like pumps and hoses connected to your water supply

  • Block downpipes and fill gutters with water

  • Remove items which can burn from around your home like outdoor furniture

  • Bring ladders inside to check roof space for embers

  • Patrol the outside of your home putting out any embers or spot fires

  • Just before the fire arrives, wet down timber decks and gardens close to the house

  • Move any firefighting equipment to a place where it will not get burnt

  • During the fire

  • Go inside but stay alert

  • Shelter in a room on the opposite side of the house from the approaching fire and one that has a clear exit out of the house

  • Patrol inside the house, including the roof space looking for sparks and embers

  • Protect yourself from the heat of the fire

  • If your life is at risk, call triple zero (000)

  • Once the fire has passed

  • Check your roof spaces

  • Go outside and put out any part of your house which is alight

  • Check under the house and any decks

  • Check on your pets and animals

  • Embers or sparks can start spot fires for many hours after the fire has passed

  • If you can, contact your family and friends and check on your neighbours

Bushfire Survival Kit

Fire agencies recommend having a kit ready at all times during the bushfire season. Keep your survival kit in a familiar place and make a list of items you will need to locate quickly in your home. Your kit should include:

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CB UHF Chanel 9 to be used for local community communications

PLEASE NOTE THAT TREES ACROSS PUBLIC ROADS SHOULD BE REPORTED TO BLUE MOUNTAINS SES Ph 132-500

10/50 Vegetation Clearing

Since its introduction, a number of councils and community groups have raised concerns regarding the 350 metre entitlement area particularly on small parcels of land. NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons today announced changes to the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement, which have been made following site inspections, an interim review of the Code of Practice and community feedback.

The changes are:

The 10/50 entitlement area for Category 2 Bush Fire Prone Land is now 150 metres, reduced from 350 metres

Councils will have the ability to reclassify smaller parcels of vegetation from Category 1 to Category 2 therefore reducing the entitlement area. (Category 2 is areas where the vegetation poses a reduced fire risk.)

The NSW RFS has also brought forward the formal review of the 10/50 scheme to commence 1 October. This will provide communities across NSW the opportunity to provide comment and feedback. Details on where and how the community can provide its feedback can be found on the NSW RFS website.

You can now find out if your property is in a 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area using our Online tool.

For additional information visit the 10/ 50 page on RFS Website

Online Bush Fire Survival Plan

As part of our ongoing Prepare Act Survive public awareness campaign, a new online version of the Bush Fire Survival Plan has been released.

The MyFirePlan app provides general advice on understanding your risk, steps to prepare your property, and the decision on what to do during a fire.

Users can complete their Plan including key contacts, email and print it, and share it with family and friends.

You can download the MyFirePlan app on iOS and Android