Bushfire Risk Assessments and BAL Certificates


Residential developments in bushfire prone areas of Australia require a Bushfire Risk Assessment or BAL Certificate.

At First Field Environmental, our BPAD accredited specialists provide an integrated solution to assessing, planning, managing and monitoring bush fire risk.

They combine years of practical experience with in-depth knowledge to determine bush fire attack levels, address hazard reduction requirements, establish complex bush fire management plans, develop ongoing bush fire hazard mitigation schedules, advise on annual monitoring and reporting requirements, and produce BPAD Level 2 and 3 plans.


case study: bushfire management plan for EnergyAustralia

EnergyAustralia is required to take practical steps to prevent the occurrence and spread of bush fires on or from the land under its control. Having responsibility for the Mount Piper Power Station and Wallerawang Power Station sites, EnergyAustralia needed to better understand their potential risks and how to manage and mitigate fire at these locations.

EnergyAustralia recognised First Field Environmental’s strong bush fire capabilities and called on us to develop a thorough Bush Fire Risk Management Plan.

The report prepared by First Field Environmental identified and assessed EnergyAustralia assets for potential impact by bush fire, and detailed treatment strategies and implementation to manage bush fire risk including requirements for reporting and recording bush fire.

First Field Environmental assisted EnergyAustralia in meeting its obligations while delivering a practical report that could be used should there ever be a fire at the site.


case study: bushfire assessment

First Field Environmental prepared as a bush fire assessment report for the proposed alterations and additions to an existing dwelling in NSW.

The purpose of the bush fire assessment report was to provide the local council, property owner and Rural Fire Service NSW with a bushfire hazard determination.

First Field Environmental put forward recommendations for the building construction standards and bushfire mitigation measures taking into account the hazard and particular circumstances of the development.

The recommendations provided by First Field Environment assisted the local council and the NSW Rural Fire Service to approve the proposed alterations in respect to bush fire requirements.

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