Rural Fire Service hosts Get Ready weekend

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is encouraging residents to consider how to prepare their homes and families for the bush fire season.

Hastings RFS stations were among 540 across the state to open their doors to the community on September 16 as part of Get Ready Weekend 2017.

The open day featured firefighting equipment displays, information stands and workshops.

Lake Cathie RFS senior deputy John Blackmore said crews across the Hastings have experienced an extraordinarily busy start to the fire season with 30 blazes over the last five weeks.

“This weekend is about encouraging people to be prepared and to have an evacuation plan in place,” Mr Blackmore said.

“It is something for everyone to consider even if you don’t live near bushland. Making sure your gutters are clear of leaf debris is important as many homes can be at threat of falling embers in a fire situation.”

NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said Get Ready Weekend is a great opportunity for families to get to know their local firefighters and find out about the fire risk in their area.

“We’ve seen in the last few days how quickly fires can develop and threaten homes and lives, so it’s a timely reminder to get ready,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“The first step in getting ready is knowing your risk, and local brigades can help this Get Ready Weekend.

“They can also provide valuable advice on preparing your home and family, and making your bush fire survival plan.

“The dry and warm conditions mean we’re facing a potentially dangerous bush fire season – so now is the time to get ready”.

The top four tips to getting ready for bush fire season are:

  • Discuss what to do if a bush fire threatens your home
  • Prepare your home and get it ready for bush fire season
  • Know the bush fire alert levels
  • Keep all the bush fire information numbers, websites and smartphone app handy.
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