An NSP is a local open space or identified building where people may gather, as a last resort, to seek shelter from bushfire. The main purpose of an NSP is to provide some level of protection to human life from the immediate life-threatening effects of a bushfire. An NSP will not guarantee safety in all circumstances as they still entail some risk, both in moving to them and while sheltering in them; they cannot be considered completely safe.
Although QFES cannot guarantee an immediate presence during a bushfire, every effort will be made to provide support as soon as resources are available. The following limitations of an NSP need to be considered if people plan to use one as a last resort:
- QFES may not be present, in the event that they will be fighting the main fire front elsewhere
- NSPs do not cater for animals or pets
- NSPs do not provide meals or amenities
- NSPs may not provide shelter from the elements, particularly flying embers
- If you are a person with special needs, consider what assistance you may require at an NSP.
If an NSP is part of your contingency plan, it should not require extended travel through fire-affected areas to get there.