NSW RFS get electronic fire rating signs for the Mid Coast

New sign installed at Lions Reserve, Yippon Creek. Photo supplied
New sign installed at Lions Reserve, Yippon Creek. Photo supplied

Six new electronic fire rating signs have been installed across the Mid Coast.

The Mid Coast Bush Fire Management Committee (BFMC) received funding to purchase and install the signs. They are operating in Wingham, Forster, Tea Gardens, North Arm Cove, Wauchope, and Bulahdelah.

Rural Fire Service district officer for the Mid North Coast, Stuart Robb, said the electronic signs would bring a number of advantages.

"In the old days it was a manual sign," he said.

"Now they're all hooked up to a feeder network. The advantage of this is we can change the rating simultaneously across the region."

Mr Robb said the RFS could also display specific warning messages on the signs, which would further help them communicate the risk of fire danger to the public.

He said there were plans to install more electronic signs in the future.

"It's a considerable investment," he said.

"We'd like to continue rolling more out and as we obtain funding we'll look to do that."

BFMC chairperson, Ian Sirett said the electronic signs came about following a review of the existing manual sign locations; the new Mid Coast Bush Fire Risk Management Plan; the development of community protection plans for North Arm Cove, Pindimar, Bundabah, Hawks Nest, and Smiths Lake; and a hotspots fire project in the Pappinbarra area."

"Community Protection Plans and the Hotspots Fire Projects enable community members to gain an increased awareness of risk, take responsibility for their safety by increasing their understanding of bush fire threats and providing information that will assist in the preparation of property fire management and personal Bush Fire Survival Plans." Mr Sirett said.