Fire Rescue NSW crews from Salamander Bay and Raymond Terrace worked throughout the night on Monday to extinguish a fierce bush fire at Salamander Bay. Firefighters received the first call at 6.30pm and did not leave the scene until 4.30 the next morning.
They successfully protected houses and a library threatened by the expanding fire.
During bushfires, firefighters often have difficulty getting adequate water. There may not be enough water in the mains to fight a major bushfire. Static water supplies, such as swimming pools, tanks and dams, may be vital sources of water for firefighters.
The Static Water Supply (SWS) Program is aimed at identifying properties with sources of water supply that can be used for firefighting purposes.
You can help firefighters by prominently displaying a SWS plate at your property boundary so that it is visible from the road.
Your voluntary inclusion in this program may assist the fire service to extinguish a fire should one occur in or near your home or a neighbour's home. The SWS sign is provided free.
The backyard swimming pool provides an ideal emergency water supply for firefighters using small portable pumps and hose lines.
Your pool water will be used only as a last resort during major bushfires.
To sign up to the SWS program, contact your local fire station. Visit fire.nsw.gov.au.
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