The campaign for 2015-2016, “Bushfires start when we stop paying attention” highlights “This fire season, be on the look out for suspicious, reckless or negligent behaviour that may cause a bushfire”.
The campaign seeks to encourage the community to think about their actions and consider the consequences of a fire getting out of control. Reckless and negligent behaviour can include:
- Not extinguishing a cigarette completely.
- Lighting a BBQ on a total fire ban day and not maintaining complete control.
- Conducting a burn off and not taking the proper precautions or paying sufficient attention.
- Knowingly using poorly serviced farm machinery or equipment.
- Setting fireworks off on a fire ban day.
- Lighting a campfire in a forest/national park during the fire ban season that may cause a bushfire include cigarettes being discarded
The campaign has a primary poster that includes the tag line “Bushfires start when we stop paying attention”, and is then supported by two sub posters that reinforce the key message with one asking the community to report reckless behaviour and the second asking the community to report suspicious behaviour.
The campaign asks the community, and specifically Friends of Parks members, to report all types of suspicious, reckless or negligent behaviour, either on crown land (including National Parks), council land or private land. The campaign is supported by a number of resources developed by SAPOL including; presentations to community groups, schools and partners. Fire prevention fact sheets for; homes, businesses, rural properties and retailers.
Calls from Friends of Parks members about suspicious, reckless or negligent behaviour are to be directed to the police assistance line on 131 444, or complete a 'Person of Interest Description Form (attached below).
Information about who is deliberately lighting fires or engaging in reckless or negligent fire lighting behaviour can be directed to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
I look forward to working closely with you during the summer season, so we can make it safe for everyone.
Acting State Coordinator Crime Prevention Coordination Unit
Strategy, Policy and Programs Section
Commissioner’s Support Branch (74)
100 Angas Street
ADELAIDE SA 5000
SOUTH AUSTRALIA POLICE
KEEPING SA SAFE