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Title Description Date Created Speaker
Preparing Vulnerable People for Bushfire Planning for a bushfire with a disability or chronic medical condition can involve many challenges, and sometimes needs some unique solutions. This podcast shares the experiences of one person’s journey planning for bushfire with MS (Multiple Sclerosis). Dec 2020 Angela Cook, CFA Community Engagement and Toni, a community member
Bushfire preparation and people with disabilities

How we prepare for, get through, and recover from disasters have sadly become increasingly pressing questions. But the impact of disasters, and people’s needs in these conditions can be very different according to their circumstances.

To address some of these questions the Disability Advocacy Resource Unit held an online forum on Disability and Disaster Resilience. In this episode, Angela Cook discusses supporting people with disabilities to prepare for bushfires. Also included is an excerpt from the forum where Angela speaks with Toni, a woman with a lived experience of disability who has been instrumental in advocating for change.

Sep 2020 Angela Cook, CFA Community Engagement and Toni, a community member
Horses and Bushfires Fiona discusses the need to plan for your horses in a bushfire including what to do on high risk fire days and if they should be moved during an emergency. May 2019 Fiona O'Loughlin, CFA Bushfire Safety Presenter

Vision Australia podcasts

Vision Australia Radio has teamed up with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) to create a three-part podcast series about bushfire safety and home fire safety.

Title Description Date Created Speaker
The “Double Dave’s” bushfire experiences and how to stay safe A Vision Australia podcast about bushfire safety, some experiences of Black Saturday and why it is so important to stay informed. January 2019 David Web Ware, Glenburn Fire Brigade and David Williams, CFA Community Safety
The urban bushfire risk and preventing fires from starting. A Vision Australia podcast about the urban bushfire risk and how to stop fires starting in the first place.   January 2019 Fiona Macken, Diamond Creek Fire Brigade and CFA Community Safety
Home Fire Safety and a possum A Vision Australia podcast which covers the importance of having a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms that are interconnected through the house.  Plus a story about a possum. December 2018 Jim Read, Scoresby Fire Brigade

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Fire safety information are also available as publications and audio versions in other languages.

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April 2017 Home fire safety
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Everything you need to know about Home Fire Safety

November 2018 Your Guide to Survival
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A variety of quick guide information to help you plan and prepare for summer fire season.

November 2018 Can I Can't I
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Explains fire restrictions for Total Fire Ban days and during the Fire Danger Period.

An introduction to Can I Can't I


Frequently asked questions

  1. Can I have a barbeque, light a campfire or light a fire for warmth or comfort. (MP3 1.2mb)
  2. Can I set up and light a fire to operate a barbecue, cooker or hot plate at outdoor functions? (MP3 986kb)
  3. Can I have a spit style rotisserie fired by heat beads, wood or other solid fuel? (MP3 719kb)
  4. Can I use a gas-powered wildlife scaring gun? (MP3 194kb)
  5. Can I light a fire in the open air for burning off grass, stubble, weeds, undergrowth or other vegetation? (MP3 686kb)
  6. Can I drive a vehicle in places where the vehicle will be in contact with crops, grass, stubble,weeds, undergrowth or other vegetation? (MP3 471kb)
  7. Can I use a chainsaw, plant or grass trimmer or lawn mower? (MP3 844kb)
  8. Can I carry out activities including: welding, grinding, charring, soldering or gas cutting, relocating bee, extracting honey, rail maintenance, heating bitumen? (MP3 781kb)
  9. Can I use an incinerator? (MP3 770kb)
  10. Can I use self-propelled farm machinery, tractors, slashers, earth-moving, excavating or road making machines propelled by a heat engine within 9 metres of any crops, grass, undergrowth or other vegetation? (MP3 753kb)

More Information (MP3 987kb)

Closing Announcement (MP3 418kb)

Download An introduction to Can I Can't I (MP3 794kb)

Visit the Can I Can't I page

October 2010 Fire Danger Ratings
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Understand how the Fire Danger Rating Scale will alert you to danger so you can take action.

Audio version

Download MP3 - 3mb

Visit the About Fire Danger Ratings page


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Fire safety messages

Warnings and information
Listen or download (MP3 865K) download transcript (Word Doc 32k)
Total fire bans
Listen or download (MP3 723K) download transcript (Word Doc 32k)
Fire danger ratings
Listen or download (MP3 882K) download transcript (Word Doc 32k)
Free CFA session for your club or group
Listen or download (MP3 867K)  download transcript (Word Doc 32k)

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