Be fire smart

A major research program will begin this week to learn from January’s Cobbler Road grass fire which damaged the Yass Valley.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is working with the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre to conduct the research, which will focus on people’s preparation, decision making and actions during fire.

Commissioner Shane Fitzimmons said it’s essential for people to be prepared and also know how to act during a fire.

 “A fire like this presents an opportunity to take a close look what people did before, during and after the fire, and learn from their experiences.

“This research is part of the continuing relationship between the NSW RFS and the national Bushfire CRC, which helps all agencies better understand people’s actions and ensure lessons are learned,” he said.

Bushfire CRC CEO Gary Morgan said the research was of national significance and follows a similar research project in Coonabarabran, where 53 homes were destroyed in January.

Affected residents can register their interest in taking part in the research by emailing office@bushfirecrc.com or calling 0404 463 612.

Knowing what to do before, during and after a fire is imperative. Photo: Tiffany Grange.

Knowing what to do before, during and after a fire is imperative. Photo: Tiffany Grange.

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