Australia — AUTOMATED Fire Danger Rating (FDR) signs will be rolled out across the state as part of a $1 million boost to bushfire safety and awareness in local communities.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan said 50 additional automated signs would be installed in high-risk bushfire areas for the summer fire season.
These signs will make it easier for communities and motorists to easily see the fire risk within an area, whether they live there or are travelling through, while also receiving important fire safety messages, Mr Ryan said.
The new half-moon FDR signs are remotely activated and feature automated indicators and an LED variable message display for important bushfire safety messages.
The large, bright display will ensure that motorists can clearly see the Fire Danger Rating and fire safety messages while driving along high-traffic locations during summer.
Mr Ryan said the Fire Danger Rating system provided important information about the risk of bushfire within a fire district so that individuals could prepare for the threat of fire and take action to stay safe.
There are six Fire Danger Ratings which predict fire behavior, should a fire start. The higher the rating, the more dangerous the bushfire, Mr Ryan said.
Fire Danger Ratings are your trigger to act. Leaving early on the night before or on the morning of a day of Extreme or Code Red Fire Danger Rating is the safest option.
Mr Ryan said the new signs would improve safety for local CFA Brigades in high-traffic areas because the signs could be remotely updated and checked for correct operation, rather than volunteers manually changing them.
The roll-out of the additional signs follows the successful trial of 14 automated FDR signs which commenced in December 2011, Mr Ryan said.