Fighting a fire isn't just about the during, it's very much about the before and after, preparation, having the right gear and being mentally prepared. If you've decided to stay home and defend your property against a bushfire there are a range of things to be considered, from if the house is defendable through to what gear is needed and if you are mentally prepared for what you may face. South Australia's Country Fire Service has a good section on its website about the mental preparation for fighting a fire, there is a great list of what feelings to expect and how to manage them. "Bushfires are extremely dangerous and difficult for us to fight. Our instant response is to flee. We may only feel this when the fire is close. Then the flee response is often fatal as it can take us directly into the fire. We feel first and think second. "Practicing your Bushfire Survival Plan gives you a chance to see what works and can help you overcome the instinctual response to flee at the wrong time." The CFS notes you should only develop a plan after talking with those who have experienced a bushfire before. Before deciding to stay it is paramount you understand: It is very important that you do not abandon your plan at the critical moment. If you are set on staying and the conditions allow for that, then you need to: The Victorian Country Fire Authority states defending your home requires two able-bodied, fit and determined adults. You'll need this fire fighting gear: This protective clothing: If you get caught in a building during a bushfire: If you are caught in your car: A car is one of the deadliest places to be in a bushfire. The only sure way to survive is to be nowhere near the fire. If you can't escape the path of the fire: Things to remember: Do not shelter in a dam, swimming pool, or a water tank except as an absolute last resort. Dams, swimming pools and water tanks leave your face, head and lungs exposed to radiant heat and smoke.