Welcome to BlazeAid – a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods. Working alongside the rural families, our volunteers help to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed.
FARM FIRE UNITS FIELD DAY – 2 DEC 2018
FARMERS OF AUSTRALIA
If a fire erupts on your property or your neighbour’s property, there is a real potential that your livelihood could be destroyed. You must have a plan to meet this crisis before it gets out of hand.
While you can do much to prevent fires on your property, you need to be well prepared and have an immediate response plan ready to help yourself or your neighbours should a fire occur. To be properly prepared, you must COMMUNICATE, CO-OPERATE and CO-ORDINATE with your neighbours.
BLAZEALERT was established a few years ago by Kevin Butler, the founder of BlazeAid and is gaining momentum in Victoria. The idea of BlazeAlert is a co-ordinated network of local farmers helping other farmers by being well prepared to respond immediately to a report of a fire, and hold the spread until fire services arrive. Basically, clusters of local farmers set themselves up with standard fire-fighting equipment, they receive basic training from experienced fire fighters and are ready to respond in a co-ordinated manner should a fire occur.
FARM FIRE UNITS FIELD DAY
BlazeAlert is organising the first Farm Fire Units Field Day at Kilmore East in Victoria is on SUNDAY 2ND DECEMBER. The aim of the day is to further train, mobilise and connect together networks of Farm Units and CFA/CFS/RFS Units to be better prepared to deal with these devastating fire events.
BRING YOUR FARM FIRE UNITS
Bring along your Farm Fire Unit – you can camp overnight on my farm if needed. Farmers are invited to participate in a series of simulated fire exercises including spraying out water on ‘burning’ grass, refilling water tanks from dams, chainsawing fallen trees from tracks, cutting fences and restraining, using the UHF radio to communicate with others – all the things you would typically do during a bush fire. Points will be allocated to you towards a voucher to fund you for more/better fire fighting resources.
To ensure a successful Field Day, BlazeAlert needs assistance with FUNDING, both from businesses involved in supplying fire fighting equipment; from you the FARMER, some of whom have possibly been helped by BlazeAid in the past; and the private sector.
DONATIONS are crucial to making this day possible and helping to fund farmers for necessary fire fighting equipment (e.g. pumps, tanks, UHF radios) in preparation for the coming fire season through our voucher system.
HOW TO DONATE
BLAZEALERT needs you to DONATE towards making this event possible and the day a success, you can do so either by ringing Debbie on 0418 990-267 or through your bank to:
BSB 633-000 to
Account No. 150 267 011.
You must write/email that your donation is specifically for BlazeAlert
otherwise your donation will go into BlazeAid funds.
We are asking for donations from $50 to $500. All donations are tax deductible.
The first Farm Fire Units Field Day at Kilmore East in Victoria is on SUNDAY 2ND DECEMBER commencing at 8am at Kev’s Farm Corner of Nannys Creek Road and Saunders Road Kilmore East. Admission is free.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME
The day is open to all interested parties. So, if you’re a farmer and would like to know more about establishing a BLAZEALERT NETWORK IN YOUR AREA, come along to the Field Day and gauge for yourself the value of being prepared. VOLUNTEERS are welcome to help run the day.
If you need more information, please call Debbie on the above number or ring Kevin Butler on 0418 530-471.
Featuring on Landline! Click below to registerGive A Farmer A Break
Equally important, volunteers also help to lift the spirits of people who are often facing their second or third flood event after years of drought, or devastating losses through bushfires. BlazeAid volunteers work in a disaster-affected area for many months, not only helping individuals and families, but also helping rebuild the local communities.
Not just rebuilding fences, but helping rebuild lives.
“We asked you to come help us rebuild our fences but you guys have done way more than that, you have helped us rebuild our broken community. For that we are forever grateful to you and all the amazing volunteers.”
Maree Perkins, Monto, Qld, 2013 Flood
Give A Farming Family a Break -Blazeaid and Need For Feed come together to fight The BIG Dry in NSW, SA and Qld
BlazeAiders and Need for Feed Volunteers and holiday/ beach house providers are urged to combine together to offer a farmer a hand on farm or/ and a break away to a well needed holiday to Kakadu, Sunshine Coast or Tassie!
This would be away from their desperate daily plight feeding sheep and cattle on their drought stricken farms.
NO or little rain is predicted by BOM for the next three months- there is a huge concern for the mental health of farmers as many are now at breaking point.
Who and How to help
Handy and commonsense volunteers would be feeding and watering stock on host farms alongside with them OR (after induction) while their owners take a clean break for a week to 10 days
There would be some fencing, gardening and other maintenance jobs as well.
People and holiday businesses who may have a beach house or holiday to share for a week or so and are asked to post its availability on our Facebook pages ( or phone/text/ email is) inviting farming families to make contact directly with them to book a highly appreciated holiday.
Farmers and Volunteers Please watch the Need for Feed and BlazeAid Facebook pages for both farmers / volunteers/ holiday offers and requests
We ask you to respond with help – no matter how small -as it’s your actions which will make the difference.
What To Do Now
Register your help/ need / offer of a holiday break away from the farm on these Facebook pages:
- Need for Feed
- BlazeAid Grey Nomads
Volunteers can be screened by phoning BlazeAid or Need for Feed and farmers verified by calling their local Shire council for authenticity or have Blazeaid to follow up
Or for Enquiries:
Phone, Text or Email
BlazeAid Founder 0418530471
Need for Feed Founder
0459 444 111
POST AND WIRE DRIVE
Blazeaid is seeking donations towards the Post and Wire Drive to help South West farmers after the devastating fires on St Patrick’s Day 2018. These donations will go toward post and wire to farmers who desperately need help.
If you would like to donate to BlazeAid and have your money go to a our Posts & Wire Drive for deserving and appreciative farmers, simply let us know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Debbie on 0418 990 172. You can use any of the donation methods outlined on our Donations Page.
$10,000 DONATION FROM BNS CLUB LISMORE
PUBLIC BENEVOLENT INSTITUTION
BlazeAid is now a registered charity with PBI status.
A Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) is a type of charity which has a predominant (main) purpose of relieving needs arising from conditions such as poverty, sickness, distress or helplessness. This is known as providing ‘benevolent relief’.
PBI status is recognised by ACNC and ATO alike and BlazeAid can now provide its donors with tax deductible receipts. This is a very welcome annoucement and BlazeAid looks forward to being able to provide DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) to its donors.
Rural communities in all Australian States
If you have been affected by a natural disaster, please visit our Fencing Help page for information about having BlazeAid volunteers working with you.
Please click here for information about How to Establish a BlazeAid basecamp in your area.
These figures show the amazing amount of work done by our volunteers. However, they don’t reflect the humanitarian impact our volunteers have on the local communities. The help and hope that BlazeAid brings to rural families after natural disasters can’t be quantified, but is even more important than the fencing and other work completed.
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Ian “Macca” McNamara is the Patron of BlazeAid. We thank him for his wonderful support in helping BlazeAid find volunteers to help with our fence rebuilding. ABC radio and TV have been invaluable in their support of BlazeAid since its inception in 2009. Hundreds of our volunteers have heard about BlazeAid through the ABC, especially on Macca s Australia All Over. We look forward to a long ongoing relationship with the ABC, especially with Macca on Sunday mornings.
Please check this website regularly for updates.
Not just rebuilding fences, but helping rebuild lives.