Firefighting is and will remain a cornerstone in our service delivery, responding to over 22,222 fire related emergency calls within San Andreas in 2018/2019. We have a duty to take all practicable measures for preventing and extinguishing fires to protect and save life and property in the event of a fire in any fire district. We also have the capability to fight all types of fires, including structure fires, bush and grass fires, transport fires, and flammable liquid fires and we excel in the suppression of all forms of fire, in order to minimise death, injury, property loss, and economic disruption in any community.
We undertake prescribed hazard reduction burns, reducing the bushfire risk for properties and supporting the San Andreas Rural Fire Service during and after bushfires in San Andreas. We also work to prevent the occurrence of bushfires through other hazard reduction strategies and community education campaigns.
Importantly, we use our firefighting knowledge to educate the community on fire safety and prevention. This is done through school and targeted community visits, plus through campaigns such as home fire safety checks. And after a fire, firefighters assist the public to recover from fires by providing information for householders, and, for major emergencies, through rapid damage assessment.