Bushfire Planning & Design
The Bushfire Planning and Design (BPAD
) accreditation scheme is administered by the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA) of which Natural Area is a corporate member. The BPAD scheme was first developed and implemented in 2006 in response to demands from the community, government and industry to establish a recognition program for bushfire planning and design accredited practitioners to assist the community undertaking development on land subject to bushfire impact.
Bushfire Management Plans
Bushfire management plans and hazard assessments are prepared in accordance with the Planning for Bush Fire Protection Guidelines prepared by the Western Australian Planning Commission, the Department of Planning, the Fire and Emergency Services Authority and AS 3959 – 2009 Construction of Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas. The plans include assessment of vegetation type, slope and bushfire attack levels (BAL), as well document acceptable fire management solutions.
Fuel Load Reduction
Fire fuel load maintenance should be undertaken on an annual basis to ensure fuel loads are maintained at the desired level and to minimise the risk of fire. Manual removal of fuel load can involve large scale tree removal, canopy pruning, track pruning, brush cutting and removal of fallen debris and leaf litter.