Bushfire Consultants

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Comprehensive Consultations for Your Peace of Mind

Our bushfire consultants at BEMC are trained professionals that assess the risk of bushfire-related damage to your land and property. We operate throughout Newcastle, the Hunter Valley, Port Stephens and the Central Coast.

At Bushfire and Environmental Management Consultancy, we offer a range of bushfire services to reduce the risk of fire damage to your property and assets. Some of our typical clients include mum and dad developments, land developers, rural landowners or managers, local, federal and state agencies, and community or Aboriginal groups. No matter the type or size of the property – we can help to get it bushfire safe.

Why do you need a bushfire consultant

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About Environmental Management Consultancy

The heart of Bushfire Environmental Management Consultancy is delivering a professional service to meet our clients’ needs. Our dependability and client-focus provide BEMC with a platform to assist our clients in achieving their project requirements. Our passion is to ensure appropriate management and sustainable use of our natural resources, working ethically to ensure our landscape is enhanced for future potential.

BEMC Director Samantha has over 15 years’ experience in small business development and administration and has completed the University of Technology Sydney Bushfire Protection course. Samantha brings a high level of honesty and ethical behaviour to BEMC to ensure we provide excellent services to grow the company. Sam provides business management to our bushfire consultants.

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Trained Bushfire Consultants

You don’t need to be very close to a natural scrub or forest to feel the effects of a bushfire. The wind can spread embers from the fire in many different directions, causing smaller fires to appear elsewhere. They also spread a lot faster in hot weather and dry conditions. Our bushfire consultants at BEMC are trained professionals that assess the risk of bushfire-related damage to your land and property.

Some additional risks that our bushfire consultants aim to mitigate are the effects of radiant heat and smoke. The heat from a large wildfire can be just as damaging as the flames as it can melt through many different building materials. The smoke from a bushfire can be life-threatening and having an emergency evacuation plan in place is crucial to get out of the smoke.

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Services Our Accredited Bushfire Consultants Provide

Bushfires are a natural occurrence but they don’t need to pose a threat to our biodiversity, your property or your health. Choose BEMC as your professional team of bushfire consultants in Newcastle and surrounding areas. Our comprehensive bushfire risk mitigation services can help keep you and your property safe during the blaze.

  • Assessment. Before you build on your land, have a comprehensive bushfire assessment done by our consultants. Our due diligence pre-construction assessment reports can help you identify ways to design a building that will be safer during a bushfire. We also issue BAL certificates, bushfire compliance certificates and bushfire assessment reports for property owners, buyers and sellers.
  • Planning. Once we have assessed your risk levels, we can help to plan for a bushfire. We develop emergency and evacuation plans and recommend a range of bushfire protection measures to protect your property. We can also establish and implement prescribed burning procedures for larger properties.
  • Recovery. If a fire has already destroyed your property and damaged your land, we can help to restore it. We develop bushfire recovery documents that inform you of the best bushfire protection measures to reduce the impact of future fire.
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Meet Samantha and Duncan

Samantha Jennings is the Director of Bushfire Environmental Management Consultancy P/L (BEMC) and Controlled Burning Contractors P/L (CBC). Samantha has completed the University of Technology Sydney – Planning for Bushfire Prone Areas and brings 20 years of small business management experience. Samantha ensures the governance, accounts, recruitment, and insurances of the businesses are maintained to industry standards and facilitate client engagement and satisfaction.

Duncan Scott-Lawson is the principal consultant for Bushfire Environmental Management Consultancy P/L (BEMC) and Controlled Burning Contractors P/L (CBC). Duncan has over 20-years’ experience in the bushfire industry through his previous employment with NSW government land management agency (National Parks). Duncan holds national accreditation in Prescribed burn planning and conduct, level 1 and 2 Incident Controller and recognised burn plan assessor when employed with NPWS. Duncan has undertaken a range of incident management roles during wildfire suppression that includes but not limited to planning, operations, divisional command, taskforce leader and aviation specialist (Aire Observer and Air Attack Supervisor). Duncan has been deployed interstate on several occasions to assist in wildfire suppression operations.

Duncan is top tier level 3 Bushfire Planning and Design (BPAD) fully accredited through Fire Protection Association Australia, completing tertiary education in Environmental Sciences (Hons) and Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Protection. Duncan has an extensive experience in bushfire planning in accordance with NSW RFS Planning for Bushfire Protection 2019, Australia Standard 3959:2018 Construction of buildings in bushfire prone area from strategic landscape planning, industrial, commercial, Special Fire Protection Purpose and residential developments.