How to stop the Wildland Fire in your backyard article Wildland firefighting equipment and tactics can save lives, while also reducing the risks to property.
In this episode of TalkSport’s Wildlandfire series, we speak to expert fire fighter, Paul Knecht, who helps people deal with the threat of wildfire.
Paul’s first advice: Don’t be afraid to get out of your car and into your bush.
In a video interview with TalkSport, Paul explains how he was able to fight the fire from his home while fighting for his life.
Paul KNECHT: First off, the thing is I don’t want to get caught up in the hype and whatnot and how much the media is going to be saying.
So when the media starts to focus on the story that’s being talked about, I think that can be very damaging to you and your life and your loved ones.
You know, when you have something like a bushfire and you are in the middle of a bush fire, it’s really tough, because you’re on a footpath or you’re in a bush, and it’s hard to know where you are, where your family are, and where the road is going.
You have no idea what is going on.
And so that’s why I was just in the house with my wife and my two young children.
And my wife was like, “I think you’re going to want to sit in the car with the children because I’m not sure where the fire is.”
And I’m like, what’s the best place to sit?
So I was in the back of the car, and I sat there for about five minutes, and then I just got out and started looking for the nearest fire.
And it was like a million miles away, and the fire was pretty far away from my house.
So I just sat there with my kids, and there was no fire.
The next thing I knew, there was a little bit of smoke.
And then I heard a lot of people screaming and crying.
I thought it was my wife that was in a car that had gotten caught in a fire.
So then I ran out of the house and I ran to the bushfire, and just started looking around.
And the fire wasn’t very far away.
And I could see the fire.
It was almost right over my head, and as I looked down, I saw that it was probably three or four hundred feet away.
So there were probably a couple hundred people around, and so I just kind of took off, ran, got out, and ran.
So it was pretty scary.
I just remember thinking, “Oh my God, I can’t be on the fire anymore.”
I remember going through the bush for like two or three minutes, trying to get to safety.
So that was scary.
And that was just me being a survivalist, because that was probably the only thing I could do.
I was terrified.
And you’re just trying to run as fast as you can to get your hands on some kind of extinguisher.
And luckily I was lucky, because I had my family around me.
So they just helped me, and they helped me out.
So my wife, she’s like, I’m just trying my best.
I can do it.
And she was like: I’ll just go with you.
And they both went off and they went off.
And he came back, and he came through the fire, and we just walked out.
And we were just like, we just didn’t know what to do.
But I just knew we had to do it, so we went in the garage and I got my dad’s extinguisher and we had it ready.
And at first I was kind of worried, but I thought, “Well, I just have to do this, and maybe we’ll be okay.”
And then he was like “You can just get it, and you can put it on your stove and you’re done.
You don’t have to worry about it.”
And so I took it off, and that’s when I thought about the other thing that we were going to do and I think it was about six weeks later that we started doing it again.
So we did it again, and on top of everything that we had done before, we did everything we could to protect our family.
So yeah, it was a bit of a nightmare.
We had to go in the backyard, and when I came back out of my house, I had a lot more people looking around the house, and my wife said, “You know, you have to take the extinguisher, you’ve got to get a lot closer to it.”
So we were like, OK, OK.
And now we were getting close, so I started pulling my fire extinguisher down my back.
And when I got back out, it started going off, so it was all going on one side, and at the same time, it had