Fire commander Kent Freeman is pleased to see old fire safety messages replaced around the region.
Fire commander Kent Freeman is pleased to see old fire safety messages replaced around the region. Felicity Ripper

Outdated safety signs receive a facelift

DRIVING around the North Burnett, fire commander Kent Freeman was concerned by the state of the region's safety advice signs.

He pushed to have them replaced and now a movement to upgrade QFES signs right across the North Coast, from Bundaberg to Beerwah, is under way.

And it began in Gayndah this week.

"It's to remind both locals and nomadic travellers of the importance of adhering to safety advice and reporting any fire or emergency via "000",” Mr Freeman said.

"The message is designed to provide a memory jog, and or, generate a google search for a wider explanation on the sign posted message.”

Mr Freeman liaised with QFES to design the new signs with the aim of being clear and concise.

New fire safety signs roll out across the QFES North Coast region in February 2019.
New fire safety signs roll out across the QFES North Coast region in February 2019.

The first sign was installed at the northern approach to Gayndah on the Burnett Highway and reads "PREPARE ACT SURVIVE".

A quick google search of the slogan returns a comprehensive brochure on how to keep your family safe in, and ahead of, an emergency.

"FLOODED? FORGET IT!" and "EMERGENCY? RING 000" signs will follow at Ban Ban Springs and Mundubbera, before the initiative is rolled out right across the North Coast region.

"The descriptive on the signs are to-the-point in order to provide immediate drive past advice or information that may drive proactive or reactive decision making during an emergency event,” Mr Freeman said.

"The current QFES aim is to maintain community engagement across all platforms , including social media , texts , banners , signs , television and the printed page.”


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