Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best way to contact the Rural Fire Service in the event of a fire?
The best way to contact us to report a fire, or in a life-threatening emergency is to dial 000.
For non-emergency information you can call the Bushfire Information line on '1800 NSW RFS' and an operator will deliver you with the latest information on nearby fires.Please remember during the fire season to report any unattended fires to 000 immediately to ensure we get there as quickly as possible
How does the brigade find out about fires?
I live several streets away from any bush, my home is safe isn't it?
No. Most houses are burnt down in a fire due to burning embers flying through the air. These embers can be blown up to 10km high, and have been recorded as travelling up to 30km ahead of the actual fire front in the Victorian Black Saturday fires. These embers may fall more than an hour before the main fire arrives, so you might not even be aware a fire has started.
Ensure your gutters are clear of leaves and that any gaps under your house are covered to reduce the risk posed by embers.
What should I do with my animals if I have to evacuate quickly?Ensure that you do not tie animals up during a major emergency, it could be fatal for them.Small domestic animals should be kept with you, either inside your home if you're sheltering in place, or in a vehicle if you're leaving.
In bush fires, move large animals to a well grazed or ploughed area, preferably around the home and sheltered away from the winds. Ensure that you remove all covering from stock e.g. rugs and veils as these can burn animals if they come into contact with embers.
What is the best way to prepare my home before a fire?
What is a neighbourhood safer place and where can I find one?A neighbourhood safer place is a 'place of last resort' for people who elected to stay and defend in a bushfire if conditions deteriorate to a point where they need to flee.
They should not be confused with long-term options like Fire Refuges and Evacuation Centres and do not guarantee your safety. Neighbourhood Safer Places are only a place of last resort during a bushfire.
Firefighters may be on scene to protect the places of last resort, but this cannot be guaranteed - if in doubt, leave early!
The Designated Neighbourhood Safer Places in Sussex Inlet are
- Sussex Inlet RSL Club, 200 Jacobs Drive Sussex Inlet.
- Sussex Inlet Bowling Club St Georges Ave Sussex Inlet.