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11 September 2019

Notice to all Fireworks Contractors and Operators - Fire Bans


Due to the recent high temperatures and extreme weather conditions, the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) have issued Total Fire Bans (TFB) across parts of Queensland.

At this time of extreme fire danger, the Explosives Inspectorate and QFES are seeking co-operation from all fireworks contractors to ensure that life and property are not placed at risk.

Where TFB are in place, no outdoor fireworks display should proceed without prior consultation with a fire warden from the local station nearest to where the fireworks display is to be conducted.

In addition to the current information requested as part of the Fireworks Display Notification (FDN) all outdoor FDN in TFB affected areas are to be supported with the following information:

  • Confirmation in writing that the display site has been inspected and that QFES do not object to the display proceeding at that location.

  • Any special requirements that the QFES have imposed on the display site.

We request that all contractors ensure that they have read and understand section 4.2.1 of the Outdoor Code.

The Queensland Rural Fire Service provides additional information on their webpage regarding special permits for conducting community events such as fireworks displays.

Please consult the Rural Fire Service website to search for fire bans by shire.

We acknowledge the many responsible contractors who have recently cancelled outdoor displays based on their own risk assessment of fire danger. We expect this to continue whilst there is any risk of fire, not only during times when fire bans are in place.

If you are in any doubt about permission to conduct any display in an area affected by a TFB, please get in touch with your local Rural Fire Service Office.

I appreciate your assistance in this matter.

Regards Alex Mandl | Chief Inspector Queensland Explosives Inspectorate