This information is provided by the Friends of Edna Walling at Bickleigh Vale Village (BVV) to assist you to draw up your Fire Plan. Your Fire Plan will help you survive a bushfire or house fire in BVV. The CFA and MFB both recommend every property has a Fire Plan. In BVV this is important because, despite the fact that much of BVV is only a few hundred metres from an area that has a very low bushfire risk rating, due to the abundance of trees and shrubs within the BVV and in the area to the east, there is a real risk of a bushfire starting or spreading within BVV. A bushfire in BVV may come from an area outside the Village or it may start within the Village from a house fire or burning embers that are blown in. It is possible that the local CFA will not fight fires other than a house fire in BVV because there is only one way in and out, which means there is no emergency exit. The difference between surviving a fire and escaping with valued and necessary possessions or not, is often due to having a good Fire Plan. We recommend you use the attached 8 page CFA document “CFA Leaving Early Bushfire Survival Planning Template” to create your Fire Plan. That document covers Fire Danger Ratings and what you should do, actions to take leading up to the Bushfire Season (which is now from October to May), actions to take during the Bushfire Season, your Emergency Kit, actions leading up to Fire Risk Days, and a Bushfire Survival Plan template. If you want more detail, refer to the attached 80 page CFA Fire Ready Kit.preparing_your_fire_plan_for_residents_of_bickleigh_vale_village__v3_20191121_01.docx You should incorporate in your plan specific BVV information that if vehicle access via Bickleigh Vale Rd to Pembroke Rd is blocked, then provided there is not a bushfire in the area:
You may still be able to walk out via Bickleigh Vale Rd to Pembroke Rd;
you may be able to walk out through properties at the southern end of Edna Walling Lane to Pine Rd;
or if that way is blocked, you may be able to walk out through properties at the northern end of Bickleigh Vale Road to Cardigan Rd.
If you walk out, you will need your Emergency Kit in a rucksack, and will need to wear Protective Clothing (see attached CFA“Leaving Early” document for details)..….[PTO]
If there is a nearby bushfire, because of the radiant heat you will need to seek shelter in your home. This can be very risky. See the CFA Fire Ready Kit for details.
Having your Fire Plan ready could save your family’s lives. Prepare it now.
RESOURCES FOR YOUR FIRE PLAN
CFA Leaving Early Bushfire Survival Planning Template: DOWNLOAD >
CFA Fire Ready Kit document (80 pages): DOWNLOAD >