Bush FireWise programs
The Bush Firewise program caters for a variety of forums and formats from more structured community meetings to working with individual home and landowners. In this way the RFS is providing the people of NSW in bushfire prone areas with the most up to date and relevant information.
This enables you to make informed decisions that will help you to protect your property and to save their lives of you and your family.
For more about the FireWise program in your local area, contact the Rural Fire Service (Baulkham Hills) District Office
Static Water Supply (SWS) marking system
The SWS marking system provides specially designed markers for landowners with useable water supplies such as dams and pools. Brigades will record these as part of pre‑incident planning to source readily available water.
The benefits to landowners include the knowledge that the brigade is aware of their property and additional fire safety measures have been carried out to ensure access to the static water supply.
If you have a pool, tank or dam with around 3,000+ litre capacity, please contact us so we can assess it. If certain criteria are met, such as access, we will provide you a blue "SWS" plate for your front gate.
Blue hydrant markers
In areas serviced by Sydney Water, Blue Reflective markers are placed near the centre of a sealed road adjacent to water hydrant enabling brigades to quickly identify where hydrants are located. If your road is not sealed, a blue post is located at the roadside in line with the hydrant.
Residents are encouraged to `adopt a hydrant' to ensure that it is clear of debris and always visible. Unhindered access to hydrants in emergency situations benefits everyone.
Hillside Brigade has been, and is working its way around properties in some of the higher bushfire prone areas in the district conducting (with the approval of residents) pre-incident inspections. These inspections serve to and provide the brigade with information on vehicle access, access to water supplies and details of property assets that would require protection in the case of a fire. It also gives the residents an opportunity to discuss issues relating to bushfire protection and the establishment of Asset Protection Zones (APZ) around their homes.