Local brigades will open their doors to the community this weekend to help people be aware and prepare for bush fire risks this summer. Batemans Bay Rural Fire Service will be holding their get ready weekend at the Batemans Bay Foreshore on Clyde Street this Saturday the 22nd of September 9am-4pm. There will be firetrucks and a smoke house for the kids and local firefighters on hand to discuss ways you can make your home safer for bushfires. Their experienced volunteers are happy to answer any questions you have on the day. Broulee Rural Fire Brigade is participating in Get Ready Weekend on Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 September.Camerons H Hardware will be on site with products to assist in bush fire preparation.Drop in and meet your local brigade, have cuppa and chat, the kids can check out the trucks the station and have a snag. Moruya brigade will be attending the Moruya Riverside Markets on Saturday 22 September. They will have bushfire survival plans on hand and can give you free advice on how to best prepare your property for the upcoming bushfire season. You can also bring the kids by to have a look at their trucks and the equipment they use. If you're interested in becoming a Volunteer then ask one of their members on the day and get some info on how you can become part of the team.
Residents are encouraged to visit their local brigade to pick up vital fire safety information, and thank our outstanding local firefighters for the tremendous work they do to help keep our communities safe.
Households are urged to update or create a Bushfire Survival Plan and make sure the whole family knows what to do when faced with a fire.
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; and
· Keep all the bush fire information numbers, websites and smartphone app handy.
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 already seen during August 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 you with that while providing valuable advice on preparing your home and family.”
A range of displays, demonstrations and activities for families will be available this Get Ready Weekend. Find out more via www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/getready
You can download a Bushfire Survival Plan at: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/resources/bush-fire-survival-plan