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Bowman River RFS is holding an open day for Get Ready Weekend

Some of the 17 active members of the Bowman River Fire Brigade. Photo supplied and taken prior to COVID-19.
Some of the 17 active members of the Bowman River Fire Brigade. Photo supplied and taken prior to COVID-19.

The Bowman River Rural Fire Service (RFS) crew is getting ready for the bushfire season and it's looking to help prepare the community.

Residents are encouraged to come and visit the crew at the Bowman River Fire Station, 1587 Bowman River Road on Sunday, September 20 between 10am and 2pm for the NSW RFS's Get Ready Weekend event.

The day is all about providing residents with information and tips on how to prepare themselves and their properties in the case of a bushfire.

Due to COVID-19, the annual open day needs to run a little differently with only 20 people allowed in the Bowman River fire shed at any given time.

There will still be plenty of useful information on hand with videos on display and pamphlets about preparing your property for the fire season. Bowman River RFS crew members will also be there to help give a little guidance on how to make a fire plan.

While they won't be able to play the normal games with the children or allow them to sit inside the fire truck, there will still be puzzles and fire hats to give away.

Bowman River RFS all set up for last year's Get Ready Weekend. Photo supplied

Bowman River RFS all set up for last year's Get Ready Weekend. Photo supplied

"This year we have also introduced a new initiative and people will be able to book a time for a fire brigade volunteer to go to a property and advise them if their property and fire plan are up to date or what else is required to be done," Sandi Craine-Cowan from the Bowman River brigade said.

You can book in for a property visit during the open day or by calling 6558 7555.

While National Get Ready Day for 2020 is September 15, the NSW RFS's Get Ready Weekend is September 19 and 20. Some brigades across the State are holding events at various times throughout the month, while others are opting to hold online meetings and provide resources on their Facebook pages due to COVID-19.

Bowman River is the only brigade in the Gloucester region listed as having a physical open day this year.

Following the devastating impacts of last spring's bushfires, everyone is encouraged to work on a fire safety plan.

Do you know your risk to bushfires?

Do you know your risk to bushfires?

The official bushfire danger period for both the Mid Coast and Port Macquarie Hastings local government areas began on September 1.

For a full list of events, visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/getready