Further to this, the Blue Mountains Rural Fire District provides a 24 hours a day, seven days a week fire service to all residents who reside in the Blue Mountains Rural Fire District.
The Brigade members are trained to nationally recognised standards in all facets of rural fire suppression.
The District carries out extensive fire prevention works within the wider community in consultation with other agencies, such as the Blue Mountains City Council, Sydney Water and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. It also is highly active in the promotion and support of public education in the area of bush fire survival and fire prevention.
Between 300 and 500 incidents are recorded per year. With approximately 150 being bushfire, Around 88 % of these fires have been less than 1000 hectares in size, with 72 % of fires less than 100 hectares.
About 9 % of wildfires have been between 1000 and 10,000 hectares in size, with 3 % over 10,000 hectares.
Most large-scale fires have occurred in November and December.
Since the 1900s sections of the City of Blue Mountains have suffered severe fires in the seasons:
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Since 1911, 580 houses have been destroyed by fire: on four occasions since 1951 a single fire has destroyed more than 50 properties - mainly houses, but including churches, a school and several shops.
Damage to urban areas has occurred on 19 blow-up days within 11 major fire seasons. Most properties destroyed were in vulnerable localities adjacent to northwest-oriented valleys. Fourteen deaths have occurred as a result of wildfires since 1945.