CFS to bring Big Education Vehicle across Eyre Peninsula

BUSHFIRE READY: BEV (Big Educational Vehicle) will be touring Eyre Peninsula towns this month to provide information about being bushfire ready. Photo: Supplied
BUSHFIRE READY: BEV (Big Educational Vehicle) will be touring Eyre Peninsula towns this month to provide information about being bushfire ready. Photo: Supplied

The Country Fire Service (CFS) will be touring Eyre Peninsula this month as part of Bushfire Ready Month, held in October.

The roadshow will be visiting 12 towns across the region, distributing free bushfire safety information to community members.

Information will be provided which will indicate how to prepare for a bushfire and what you will need to do keep yourself, family and property safe should there be a bushfire.

Australia felt the devastating effects of a horrid bushfire season in 2019-20 and Eyre Peninsula was not left unscathed after the Duck Ponds fire last November.

CFS community engagement officer Therese Pedler will be present, along with local CFS volunteers, SAPOL staff and BEV (Big Educational Vehicle).

The roadshow begins on Monday, October 12 from 8am to 12pm, on the median strip opposite IGA at Cowell, before heading to Main Street at Cleve, opposite Foodland from 2pm to 5pm.

They will be present outside the Kimba Institute on Tuesday, October 13 from 8.30am to 2pm, before heading to Wudinna on Wednesday, October 14 in the car park opposite the Wudinna Bakery from 8.30am to 1pm.

The roadshow moves to Ceduna on Thursday, October 15 in the Ceduna Foodland car park - still to be confirmed - from 8.30am to 2pm, before finishing the week in the Streaky Bay Post Office car park on Friday, October 16 from 8.30am to 2pm.

It resumes on Monday, October 19 from 8.30am to 12pm opposite the Elliston Bakery, then from 2.30pm to 4.30pm outside the Lock Institute.

On Tuesday, October 20, the roadshow heads to Cummins from 9am to 1pm and Coffin Bay from 3.30pm to 5pm, with locations to be confirmed.

The tour finishes on Wednesday, October 20 in Port Lincoln's jetty car park on Tasman Terrace from 8.30am to 12pm, before heading to Tumby Bay from 2.30pm to 5pm. A location will be confirmed.

Ms Pedler said this was an opportunity to reach out to communities across the Eyre Peninsula to share important information before the start of fire danger season.

"We are actively coming to people and offering information to the people of these towns," she said.

Until then people are advised to prepare their homes and properties for the start of fire danger season.

"Prepare your house, regardless of whether or not you'll be there," Ms Pedler said.

"It gives you a better chance of surviving and if you're forced to stay at home...it will provide you with protection."

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