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Sunday 6th October, 2019

The VFFA has been pushing for improved land management practices that include cool burning and other mitigation activities since our inception in 2004.

The objectives of the VFFA are:

  • Providing a voice and forum for ‘grassroots” representation of volunteers views with the RFS and the State Government.
  • To lobby for and to advocate for improved bushfire management and mitigation in NSW.
  • To disseminate information to volunteer rural firefighters on matters that affect their interests.

The following article is being shared as a point of interest, a type of “media watch” so that we can openly debate and discuss the issues.

Summary

It’s been the most devastating September for bushfires in this country on record. Experts are warning of more unprecedented weather events than ever before, and they’re calling for urgent national leadership. In this special collaboration …

You might like to listen to this podcast (Approx. 55min) whilst travelling. Download it to your smartphone and hit the road…

Please consider the following points whilst you’re thinking about the content and context of this podcast.

  • What do you add to a fireplace when we are preparing a fire? – FUEL.
  • What do you add to the fire to increase warmth and intensity – MORE FUEL.
  • Big fires (Wildfires with lots of FUEL) can create their own storms with lightening to ignite more fires.
  • The only hope that we have is to prevent these larger fires in the first instance.
  • LESS FUEL = lower intensity fires that are less likely to create a catastrophic chain of fire events.
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