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Prepare now for fire season in Somerset

SOMERSET residents are reminded to prepare for fire season after a hot and dry start to spring.

Published: September 17th 2019

SOMERSET residents are reminded to prepare for fire season after a hot and dry start to spring.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said residents should reduce fire risks around their properties and prepare a bushfire plan.

“I also urge people to sign up to council’s free early warning network, which sends an SMS or email when severe weather is expected in the area, and to follow Somerset Regional Council on Facebook and Twitter,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Council is proud to once again support our firefighters, contributing almost $1.4 million to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services this financial year, along with $212,000 for local volunteer rural fire brigades.

“Our fire fighters did a fantastic job during recent events in Linville and Esk, and I thank them for their commitment to the Somerset community.”

Councillor Lehmann said residents could further assist emergency services personnel by ensuring property numbers were clearly displayed.

“Council-allocated property numbers should be displayed, regardless of the property being in a residential or rural area of Somerset,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Displaying lot numbers is strongly discouraged as they have no relevance to the location of the property and can actually delay the delivery of essential services.”

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Dennis Buckley, Jeff Campbell, Tamara Houghton and Chris Mattock from the Esk Auxiliary Fire Brigade.

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