emergency bush fire assistance

Fire Awareness Resources

The TFGA are proud to ahve WFI as an alliance partner. 

WFI have put together these fire awareness resources for TFGA Members. 

The cost of bushfires can have a devestating impact on all aspects of a farm business including losses to homes, fencing, livestock, crops, machinery and the environment. 

There are steps you can take throughout the year, not just during the summer months to help you plan and manage bushfires. 

Download the .pdfs below for more information:

Fire Safety & Survival

Grassfires

Hay - Handy Hints

Home Fire Safety Checklist

Emergency Phone Number List

Animals and Bushfire - what to do before, during and after a fire event to protect your stock and domestic animals. DPIPWE is available to assist with assessment or burnt livestock and provide assistance to put livestock where necessary; please contact Rosemary Meissner on (03) 6233 6875.

Bushfire Plan

Animal Bushfire Plan 

Assessing Bushfire Burns in Livestock. This notesheet, produced by NSW Department of Primary Industries, provides excellent advice on the assessment and care of burnt livestock. Warning - contains pictures of animals burnt in bushfires. These pictures may cause distress to some people.

TasALERT is an emergency warning and information system in an online platform. Emergency services include Fire, Police and SES.

It will provide a single source of clear and consistent emergency and resilience information from across government in an easy-to-use and high performing interface. Outside emergency response periods, the website will provide general information on topics such as volunteering, disaster preparedness and resilience-focused campaigns.

in case of an emergency, call dial Triple 000


Feeding and Watering Livestock After a Bushfire - a sudden switch from pasture to grain or pellets is likely to cause acidosis (commonly known as grain poisoning) and can be a serious animal health and welfare problem; grain or pellets should be introduced into the livestock's diet gradually. 
Emergency Burial of Carcasses - guidance on the emergency burial of carcasses resulting from bushfires. 

Emergency slaughter of livestock - Tasmanian Quality Meats at Cressy - (03) 6397 6593, and Swift at Longford - (03)  6397 0111, are prepared to take sheep for emergency slaughter, however must be 'fit to load'. For advice on whether stock are 'fit to load' contact DPIPWE on (03) 6233 6875 to speak with a Stock Inspector. 

Equine Emergency Planning Fact Sheet

Equine Emergency Preperation Fact Sheet

Equine Emergency Checklist Fact Sheet

Equine Emergency Plan & Vital Signs Fact Sheet

Nutritional Chart for Livestock

Victorian Department of Primary Industries - Assessing Cattle after a bushfire

Victorian Department of Primary Industries - Bushfire Recovery

Wildlife
Any member of the public requiring assistance with injured wildlife should contact DPIPWE on 6233-2520 for advice.

DPIPWE manages a network of wildlife carers and works with other volunteer groups and wildlife parks to provide care for injured animals.

If members of the public wish to offer assistance caring for injured wildlife, please contact:
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary on 6268-1184
Southern Wildlife Rescue and Care on 0415 375 164 or DPIPWE on 6233-2520

General information on orphaned and injured wildlife:
Injured and Orphaned Wildlife
Caring for Orphaned Wildlife

The information above may contain content not specific to Tasmanian conditions or have other State contacts, please consider this when reading the fact sheets.

Plan for Emergencies

Plan for emergencies

The first step in making an emergency response plan for your farm is to identify the potential emergencies. The emergencies that may occur on a dairy farm could include fire, flood, cyclone or severe storms, machinery entrapment, electrical shock, snake or spider bite, chemical exposure, injuries, illness and accidents. 

Provide emergency facilities appropriate for the sorts of emergencies that might occur on the farm (e.g. deluge showers, eye washes, fire fighting equipment, first aid kits). The emergency facilities must be located where they are needed, installed correctly, regularly maintained, and access to them kept clear. 

Make sure that the correct equipment is available to contain and handle any chemical or other dangerous materials spills that might happen. Refer to the substance material safety data sheets for specific handling and exposure treatment needs. 

To help minimise the risk of personal injury or property damage in the event of an emergency, people working on and visiting the farm need to know and understand the emergency procedures and their responsibilities. 

Nominate someone (who is on the farm most of the time) to be responsible for emergency coordination and ensure they are trained in emergency control. 

Instruct everyone working on the farm in the emergency response procedures – include it in your induction program and make sure that contractors and visitors to the farm also know what to do in an emergency. Everyone should know the location of fire alarms, fire extinguishers and first aid kits; how and where to contact emergency services; and where to safely assemble in the event of an emergency. 

Use this checklist to make sure you are prepared to respond to an emergency. 
Click here if you would like a version you can print and check off.

  • Identified the likely emergencies on your farm in conjunction with employees and contractors.
  • Identified ways to eliminate or reduce the likelihood of these emergencies occurring.
  • Established procedures for managing an emergency.
  • Nominated someone (who is on the property most of the time) to be responsible for emergency co-ordination, and ensured they are formally trained in emergency control.
  • Employees are trained in first aid.
  • All personnel have been trained in emergency procedures. Everyone knows where the emergency response equipment is located (including alarms, fire extinguishers, PPE spill kits and first aid kits), where to safely assemble, how to contact emergency services, what to do with visitors, contractors etc. in an emergency situation. Note: the best way to train workers is to practice the established procedures at least twice per year.
  • Labour hire workers, contractors, seasonal workers and visitors are aware of the procedures.
  • The emergency facilities (e.g. deluge showers, eyewashes, fire fighting equipment, portable spill containment devices, PPE, first aid equipment) are located where needed, installed correctly, regularly maintained, and access is kept clear.
  • The correct equipment is available to handle any chemical or other dangerous material spills – refer to the chemical MSDS.
  • There is a contact procedure for the local emergency services and hospital, ambulance and medical centre. The procedure and contact numbers are displayed on notice boards and at first aid stations.
  • The local emergency services have been informed about any changes to the property that could affect emergency procedures.
  • The local emergency services have been informed about dangerous substances used, where they are stored and used, and the quantities they may encounter in the case of an emergency.
  • The evacuation routes in buildings are clearly marked and are always free from obstructions.
  • Evacuation assembly points in safe locations have been nominated and sign posted and alternative assembly points nominated in case the first is affected by the emergency.
  • First aid kits are maintained and easily accessible to all workers. Location of the kits is signed and kits contain a list of contents (usually on the back of the door or lid).
  • Correct and adequate fire extinguishers are located strategically in major hazard areas (e.g. the dairy, workshop, feed sheds, chemical and fuel storage and all accommodation).
  • Fire extinguishers are routinely checked and tagged.
  • Smoke alarms fitted in accommodation and other areas, routinely tested and batteries replaced.
  • All power outlets covered by a safety switch (include houses and accommodation, dairy, workshop and feed shed).