Shire prepared for fire danger

TWEED Shire is covered by a series of bushfire plans to avoid the chance of devastating fires and help fight outbreaks.

Rural Fire Service superintendent and team manger for the far North Coast, David Cook, yesterday said the service had plans for different levels of alertness which put fires into three categories.

'Class One' fires, such as common small bush fires and grass fires, are regarded as those which need only a brigade or two to control.

Supt Cook said 'Class Two' fires, those which have escalated to requiring two or more agencies to be informed, would require an incident controller to be appointed and an incident management team would swing into action.

The most serious -'Class Three'- would involve a declared emergency such as when a large fire threatened parts of Cabarita in 2004.

In that case Supt Cook said the NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner would appoint an incident controller and resources could be brought from anywhere in NSW to fight the fire.

Supt Cook said that could include calling in water-bombing aircraft to help.

Supt Cook said the rural fire service also had a series of risk management plans and public education plans.

The risk management plans identify areas at risk and how to reduce the risk.

“That marries in with our community education strategy,” he said.

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