Bushfire prevention and preparedness

Are you doing your bit to prevent and prepare for fire?

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City of Swan Fire Hazard Reduction Notice Major Review

Following the release of a guidance note from the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) the City of Swan reviewed the Fire Hazard Reduction Notice (notice). 

The notice is now ready to be released to the public for feedback before Council approval and gazettal ahead of the 2024/25 Fire Season.

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Fire danger ratings

Fire danger ratings

Fire danger ratings are calculated daily by the Bureau of Meteorology and describe the level of danger should a bushfire start. It is calculated using a combination of forecasted weather conditions and local vegetation types.

City of Swan is located within two fire rating districts: 

  • Swan Coastal North 
  • Swan Inland North

Fire danger ratings are also available on Emergency WA Warnings and Incidents and Bureau of Meteorology weather forecasts.

Fire Safety Bans

Total Fire Bans or Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans are declared on days when the likelihood of certain activities starting a fire is significant, control of a fire is likely to be difficult, or firefighting resources are already stretched. Both bans are often in effect at the same time, but this is not always the case.

When a ban is in effect it is illegal to carry out activities prohibited under that ban. The responsibility remains on the individual to find out if a ban is in effect prior to carrying out these activities. Significant penalties apply should you ignore or commit and offence in relation to a fire ban.

Fire information line

Fire information line

Call the City's Fire Information Line on (08) 9267 9326 to listen to a recorded message information seasonal restrictions and fire safety bans.

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Firebreaks and hazard reduction

Firebreak installation and hazard reduction is a legal requirement that is outlined within the City of Swan Fire Hazard Reduction Notice.

Property owners are therefore required to ensure that their properties comply with all requirements within the Annual Firebreak notice from November 1 with standards maintained until April 30 the following year. Property owners that do not comply with the City of Swan firebreak requirements may be infringed, or hazard reduction work may be carried out by the City of Swan at the property owner’s expense.

Alternative firebreaks

If it is impractical for you to install firebreaks along all or parts of your internal boundaries, you may request permission to install a firebreak in an alternative location or of a different nature. Your request must be received by October 1 to be considered.

Please complete the alternative firebreak application form(open in new window) and submit it to swan@swan.wa.gov.au.

Fire hazard advisory service

The City of Swan has a dedicated Fire Hazard Inspection Officer who can come to your property and help you develop a plan to manage the risk on your land. This officer can assist you with:

  • Managing the fuel load around your home (Asset Protection Zone)
  • Developing a staged plan for fuel management on your property including safe hazard reduction burning and mechanical vegetation management
  • Understanding firebreak requirements and placement, prior to formal inspections
  • Understanding important information that assists in developing your household’s bushfire plan.

Please note, this service is reserved for rural properties in fire-prone areas. For more information, please contact (08) 9267 9022.

Organise a fire hazard inspection appointment.

Bushfire Advisory Committee

The Bush Fire Advisory Committee advises the City on bushfire matters such as prevention, preparedness and response.

The Committee consists of the following representatives/officers:

  • Council Representative/s
  • Deputy Delegate Councillor/s
  • Chief Executive Officer (or delegate)
  • Manager Community Safety
  • Coordinator Fire and Emergency Management
  • Chief Bush Fire Control Officer
  • Volunteer Deputy Chief Bush Fire Control Officers
  • Volunteer Brigade Captains (or delegates)
  • Volunteer Local Government Fire Training Coordinator
  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife Meetings

Residents and community members are welcome to attend committee meetings, which are held in the Council Chambers at the Midland Town Hall commencing at 6.00pm and are held on every second Thursday of the 3rd month (except December).

Your local brigades

MetroPermits are issued by the Community Safety team
9267 9267

Saturday 8.30–10am

Fire station located on Toodyay Road, Gidgegannup

9574 6000

Saturday 8.30–10am

Fire Station located on Toodyay Road & O’Brien Road, Gidgegannup

9574 6536

Sunday 9–11am

Fire station located on Cathedral Avenue, Brigadoon

9296 1288

Sunday 9–11am

Fire Station located on Chittering Road, Bullsbrook

9571 2099

Bush Fire Control Officers

It is hereby advised that the following persons are appointed as City of Swan Bush Fire Control Officers under the Bush Fires Act 1954, Part IV Division 1 Section 38.

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