We have a fire plan. We hope to never use it.
Our plan is a living document we have worked through with the kids, and details what actions we should take:
- prior to the start of the fire danger season
- if a Catastrophic Fire Danger day is forecast
- if a fire is detected
The critical decision point occurs if a fire is detected. We have to make a decision to either stay or evacuate. Our children are now mature enough to be part of this decision process and are critical to its success. Our fire plan is complicated by the very likely possibility that if there is a fire, I will be fighting it somewhere else with the Rural Fire Service.
One part of our fire plan is the ability to put out small fires with our own private appliance. To this end, we have fitted an IBC 1000 litre tank with a small Honda pump to an old trailer.
The trailer sits by the shed, easily accessible. I gave our fire trailer a service a couple of months ago (the fire danger season starts on 1st October). All was in order, but during my rounds the other day I noticed one of the tyres was flat. I pumped it up, but over the course of a few days it slowly went flat again.
It was a quick job to change the tyre over, but I also took the opportunity to double check everything else still worked.
After flushing out the old petrol, it was time to pull the starter and get the pump running. Somehow the throttle was a bit stiff, but after a bit of lubrication in the form of WD40, it was soon working as expected.
The whole job didn’t take too long, but it is nice to tick off one small little job (again) in our fire safety preparations.
I just hope we don’t have to use it.