Fire and emergency management

This page provides information about fire and emergency management in the City of Stirling.

Fire

The City is committed to ensuring its community is safe and the threat of fire is minimal.

Fires can occur naturally (for example, when lightning strikes), accidentally (for example, by discarded cigarette butts or wood barbecues too close to dry grass) or can also be started by arsonists.

To protect our reserves and infrastructure, the City conducts firebreaks. This is when an area of flammable material such as wood, leaves and grass has been cleared to minimise the spread of fire. It also provides vehicle access.  

    Fire safety requirements for homeowners

    Firebreaks are necessary in Western Australia to help prevent the spread of fire, allow easy access for emergency vehicles and provide a break from which burning off can take place.

    Land owners and occupiers in the City of Stirling are required to install firebreaks on their property from 30 November 2018 and must maintain them up to and including 31 March 2019. 

    To understand your full responsibilities and options available, please refer to the Bush Fires Act and Firebreak Notice 2018-2019.

    Land area less than 2,000m2

    All owners and occupiers must slash/mow all grass to a height no greater than five centimetres and remove all slashed matter and other flammable material from the land.

    Land area great than 2,000m2 

    All owners and occupiers must install a continuous firebreak of three metres wide, clear of all bush and flammable material around all structures and along all external boundaries of the land.

    Fire preparedness and firebreak requirements

    Top tip

    It is important that you familiarise yourself with the firebreak requirements as the fine for failing to comply is up to $5,000.

    Fire danger rating and burning restrictions

    Understanding the environment around you is an important part of being prepared. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has a fire danger rating website that will help you to be bushfire-ready.

    Burning off (also known as backyard burning) and the use of incinerators are unlawful practices within the City of Stirling. Solid fuel barbeques must only be used for cooking. Solid fuel fires must not be lit on days rated from ‘Very High’ to ‘Catastrophic’.  

    Total fire bans may be imposed by DFES and prohibit the lighting of any fires in the open air and any other activities that may start a fire. The ban includes all open-air fires for cooking or camping. It also includes incinerators, welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting.

    For more information, please visit the DFES website.

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    Emergency management

    In event of an emergency, the main role of the City of Stirling is to manage the local community recovery.

    Emergency management involves the structures, arrangements and plans established to pull together the efforts of government, voluntary and private agencies, in a comprehensive and coordinated way to deal with all emergency or disaster needs.

    For more information on how to best prepare for disasters such as fires, storms, hazardous material incidents and traffic crashes, please visit the Department of Fireand Emergency Services websitePlease note, in a life-threatening emergency phone triple zero (000).            

    Potential hazards within the City of Stirling 

    Storms

    Dangerous storms are the most common natural hazard in Australia and on average, cause more damage and destruction than cyclones, earthquakes, floods and bushfires.

    Storms cause damage to homes, property and businesses, and also pose a threat to people, animals and the environment.

    The financial and community cost can be reduced with better planning and by preparing your home and family to stay safe and reduce potential storm damage.

    For more information, please visit the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website.  

    Fires

    Bushfires in WA account for the majority of fires attended to by career and volunteer fire-fighters.

    The DFES Fire Investigation and Analysis Unit also supports operational fire crews to establish the origin and cause of all fires attended. The unit also works closely with the police arson squad to identify the cause of all suspicious and deliberately-lit fires.

    For more information, please visit the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website.

    Floods

    Western Australia is the largest state in Australia with a wide range of weather conditions and seasonal changes that increase the potential for flooding.

    If you live in a flood-prone region, then you need to prepare for this possibility.

    Some household insurance policies do not provide flood cover, so you need to prepare your family and home to minimise damage and ensure their safety.

    For more information, please visit the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website.  

    Hazardous materials

    Every year Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) officers attend and control a range of hazardous material (HAZMAT) incidents. These can involve:

    • Explosives
    • Compressed gases
    • Flammable liquids and gases
    • Poisons
    • Corrosive substances
    • Radioactive materials
    • Infectious materials.

    Containing hazardous materials is a complex and challenging task which requires a range of response methods to ensure community safety and protect the environment.

    For more information, please visit the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website.

    City of Stirling Local Emergency Management Committee

    The City of Stirling Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) has been established by the City to ensure that local emergency management arrangements are established, tested and reviewed with assistance from the relevant public authorities. 

    Members of the City of Stirling LEMC include City of Stirling Councillors and staff, as well as representatives from the Fire and Emergency Services Authority WA, St John Ambulance, WA Police, WA Department of Health, the Stirling State Emergency Service Unit and the Department for Communities.

    Please note, the LEMC's role is not operational or one of response.

    For more information, please contact the emergency management coordinator at emergencymanagement@stirling.wa.gov.au.