There is a saying, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ but is a picture worth a life?
By remaining on a fire scene, or travelling into one to take video or pictures, did you know?
You are in a danger zone.
- You are putting yourself at risk of injury or death as you have no way of understanding the complete situation of
a) where the fire is
b) where the fire is moving towards.
- By filming and taking pictures your ‘world view’ of the wildfire and awareness is limited as you are focused on filming and this limits your attention to other hazards such as traffic, falling branches, downed powerlines etc.
- First responders get distracted and slowed down by having to ask civilians to move away from the scene. You are affecting their ability to fight the fire.
- If you get injured or trapped by the fire, first responders will need to rescue you. This puts responders at risk and in danger because of your actions.
- The heat, smoke and weather around a wildfire are extreme and require protective equipment. You are not equipped to survive in this environment.
- Wildfires contain hidden dangers, even after the flames are out. Rock falls can occur, areas of hot ash as deep as knee height can be hard to see, trees can fall over, etc. Please do not go into a wildfire area until its declared safe.
- Emergency personal will always fall under the Incident Commander who knows where their resources are and can plan accordingly. As a civilian on a fire scene you are not accounted for. Did you know you can get seriously injured from a water drop from an aircraft or from being blasted by a fire hose?
Please do continue to support firefighting organisations, but please do so from a safe distance. Emergency Services have an extremely difficult environment to operate in. Please do not make it more complex for them. Leave the area and stay out of the way.
#FireIsEveryonesFight, become #WildfireReady this season.