Rosedale’s terrifying 2019-20 bushfire taught us important lessons: the safest options is to LEAVE EARLY. But the more you have prepared your home, the more likely it will survive a bushfire or ember attack.
Here are some hard-learned tips on how to protect your home…
Before the season
When fire is predicted
Planning for an Emergency is a guide adapted from the Tomakin Associations guide and updated for Rosedale after the New Year’s Eve fires. Download it here.
PREPARE. ACT. SURVIVE
Everyone at Rosedale needs a Bushfire Survival Plan. Remember – you cannot guarantee that firefighters will come to your aid, especially where there is only one road in and out offering them no escape route.
The safest option is to leave early. To stay and defend, you need to be well prepared and physically, mentally and emotionally able to fight a fire. In the New Year’s Eve fire many left it too late to leave and escaped to the beach – a place of last resort. Some people were caught with empty fuel tanks or no cash. Take the time to prepare your plan and discuss it with your family. Update it each year.
Download the Fires near Me NSW app from the App Store.
New national Alert Levels are in place to indicate the level of threat from a fire.Remember – don't wait for a warning. Some fires start and spread so quickly there may not be any time for a warning. If you get a Bush Fire Alert, take it seriously – don’t risk death or injury to you or your family.
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Our independent fire officer provides advice on how Rosedale should manage fire risk and how we should invest the generous GoFundMe and community donations after the 2019 New Year’s Eve fire.
The fire officer has set up a group of community volunteers (dubbed the ‘Rosedale Rovers’). The volunteers will not fight any future fire front – that’s a matter for the professionals, the Rural Fire Service. Malua Bay Rural Fire Brigade is providing training in equipment and fire safety, so that the volunteers are ready to assist firefighters in the mop up after a fire. A small band of locals worked for weeks after our fires putting out smouldering logs or mulch.
We’ve invested in a number of firefighting pumps, fire reels and water tanks that can be fitted on utes and trailers. The tanks are housed in a shipping container at the end of Tranquil Bay Place, filled and laid out around South and North Rosedale in October each year and stored again the following May.
If phone and internet collapse again in an emergency, we now have a number of UHF radios to help us communicate. Until those donated UHFs came we resorted to notice boards, word of mouth and a vehicle patrol with tooting horns!
Our close relationship and regular communication with the RFS mean we can continue to send members advice by email or newsletter about fire protection.
Rosedale beaches are unpatrolled, but dangerous rips are present throughout the year. If you see anyone in trouble in the water ring 000 and they will coordinate the emergency services.
Every holidays, children and adults alike get into trouble in the water and need rescuing by locals and even transport by ambulance to hospital. Over the years, four people have died after being caught in a Rosedale rip. The main beach in particular has dangerous rips at any time.
Here’s how you can protect yourselves, family and visitors.
Download the free Emergency Plus app (see graphic right) The app uses the GPS in your smartphone to help a Triple Zero (000) operator mobilise emergency services, including nearby surf lifesavers. Download here triplezero.gov.au
Calling 000 Ask for Police. Report an ‘in-water emergency’ at Rosedale Beach, NSW. Provide a street address - for example ‘at the end of Rosedale Parade’.
Learn to recognise a rip
It's important that parents and kids know what a rip looks like so they can stay out of trouble. See the Beachsafe site.
Caught in a rip – new advice
Should you get caught in a rip, the new Surf Lifesaving protocol is to simply float with the rip and signal for help.
Do not to try and swim across or against the rip - this leads to exhaustion and is the main cause of rip drownings.
A rip will deposit you back into a wash zone, where the water movement will always be back towards the beach.
Do not enter the water without a flotation device when you see someone in trouble, even if you’re a skilled swimmer.
If you see someone in trouble, phone 000 and instruct the person to float. Throw a flotation device such as an angel ring, surfboard, boogie board or rescue tube into the rip water. The rip will carry these devices towards the swimmer.
Many people who die after being caught in a rip suffer heart attack. Learn how to use the defbrillator.
Learn where our emergency equipment is located. You may save a life.