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Fire safety and emergency management

Rangers are an invaluable additional resource for emergency service agencies and are trained in incident control procedures, traffic control and other general skills. Rangers liaise with other agencies such as the WA Police Force, State Emergency Service, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Water Corporation and Department of Communities to support and assist these agencies with emergency incidents as required. Rangers deal with various response and recovery measures in case of an emergency.

Bush Fire Notice

Owners/occupiers of land within the City of Nedlands are required under the Bush Fires Act 1954 to clear all flammable materials, immediately inside all external boundaries of the land and also immediately surrounding buildings on the land during the bush fire season.

The bush fire season begins 30 November and ends 31 March each year.

Please be advised that there are burning restrictions within the City of Nedlands. You cannot burn off at any time within the City of Nedlands under the City’s Health Local Law, except with the written approval. 

Prohibited burning period  15 December to 31 March each year

Restricted burning period  2 November to 30 April each year

Rangers patrol for compliance with the Bush Fire Notice and Bush Fire Act 1954. Residents are also welcome to report properties or areas they think may be a fire hazard so Rangers can investigate. Rangers perform inspections and issue notices under Section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954, which requires landowners and occupiers in the City of Nedlands to make preparations on their land to reduce the risk of fire during summer. To access the Bush Fire Notice, see document below.  

Penalties apply for failure to comply with the Bush Fire Notice. Clearance of land is by mowing, slashing or grading to create a fire break or clearance of flammable material, subject to the type of property.

Residential land - slash all grass and clear all inflammable matter on the land and verge to a height no greater than 5cm and to maintain all grass and all inflammable matter on the land and verge at a height no greater than 5cm up to and including the 31st day of March in the following year. 

All other land - slash all grass and clear all inflammable matter on the land and verge to a height no greater than 5cm, for a width of no less than three metres (3m), immediately inside the external boundaries of the property. In addition, trees must be trimmed back to provide a vertical clearance of a minimum three and a half metres (3.5m) to allow fire appliances to drive along the firebreak.

 

Fire danger ratings and total fire bans

Visit the Department of Fire & Emergency Services website for today's fire danger rating and total fire bans. 

Visit the Department of Fire & Emergency Services website for today's fire danger rating and total fire bans.

Total fire bans may be imposed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, which prohibit the lighting of any fires in the open air and any other activities that may start a fire. The fire danger rating is further explained on the Emergency WA website

The ban includes all open-air fires for the purpose of cooking or camping. It also includes incinerators, welding, grinding, soldering or gas-cutting.

Total fire bans will be advertised in local media, press, radio and television.

No fires are permitted when a total fire ban is in place. 

 

Emergency management

The City provides support and assistance to hazard management agencies during emergency events, if requested.

The City of Nedlands, under the Emergency Management Act 2005, is responsible for the recovery at a local level. Nedlands Rangers also participate in the Western Central Local Emergency Management Committee (WC LEMC). The WC LEMC develops appropriate preparedness, prevention, response and recovery plans to deal with emergency situations, both natural and man-made. 

 

Local emergency arrangements for local government

Under clause 36 of the Emergency Management Act 2005, it is a function of local government to:

  • Subject to this Act, to ensure that effective emergency management arrangements are prepared and maintained for its district.
  • To manage recovery, following an emergency affecting the community in its district.
  • To perform other functions given to the local government under this Act to have local emergency arrangements.

The emergency management arrangements provide a framework for hazard management agencies (HMAs) and local governments to manage an emergency event. The WC LEMC is a non-operational cooperative group that carries out emergency management planning activities and maintains local emergency management arrangements within the areas bounded by the following local government authorities:

  • City of Nedlands
  • City of Subiaco
  • Shire of Peppermint Grove
  • Town of Cambridge
  • Town of Claremont
  • Town of Cottesloe
  • Town of Mosman Park
  • City of Vincent

These arrangements have been compiled to address those areas where the WC LEMC provides support to hazard management agencies and other agencies and is responsible for recovery operations.

It should be noted the Western Central Local Emergency Management Arrangements and City of Nedlands Local Emergency Recovery Plan on this website are public documents. As such, some information including after-hours contact details and confidential emergency information have been omitted from the document.

 

Emergency and breakdown vehicles

Slow down, move over

Attending roadside incidents can be a risky business and it's important roads are safe for workers attending these roadside incidents. Flashing lights on a stationary vehicle means approaching vehicles must slow down, move over (if possible) and pass at 40kmh. 

More information can be found on the Road Safety Commission’s website

 

Emergency contacts

SES  call 132 500 if your property has been damaged by storm and you require emergency assistance. 

Western Power  call 13 13 51 to report a fault or if there is damage to a power line. 

Atco Gas  call 13 13 52 to report faults or if there is damage to gas pipe lines. 

Water Corporation  call 13 13 75 to report faults or if there is damage to water lines. 

Other helpful links and contacts

Emergency WA 

Department of Fire & Emergency Service

Bureau of Meteorology