Rural Fire Service Brigades in Mid Coast area to host Get Ready Weekend events

Prepared: Ashton and Cannan Crawford inside a fire truck at the Coopernook RFS Get Ready Weekend event in 2018. Photo: Scott Calvin.
Prepared: Ashton and Cannan Crawford inside a fire truck at the Coopernook RFS Get Ready Weekend event in 2018. Photo: Scott Calvin.

Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigades across the Mid Coast area will welcome the community as part of Get Ready Weekend.

Brigades will open their doors on September 14 and 15 to prepare residents for the bush fire season.

Families will have the opportunity to get to know their local firefighters, find out about the local fire risk and learn just how easy it is can be to prepare for the bush fire season.

As crews continue to battle blazes across the area, the timing for the event is perfect.

NSW RFS Mid Coast district manager Superintendent Kam Baker said all residents need to be prepared.

"Already this fire season we have seen more than 2700 bush and grass fires across NSW," Superintendent Baker said.

"With the vast majority of NSW drought affected and a forecast of ongoing warm and dry conditions, there is the potential for a long and protracted fire season.

"NSW RFS members have been busy preparing by undertaking hazard reduction burns, maintaining firefighting equipment and undergoing training.

"Get Ready Weekend is a chance for Mid Coast residents to do their bit to plan and prepare their family and properties for the fire season."

You can participate in a range of firefighting activities, climb aboard a fire truck, see firefighting displays and specialist equipment.

"Volunteer firefighters will be available to talk to you about the simple things you can do to reduce your bush fire risk, like having a bush fire survival plan," Superintendent Baker added.

"Preparing for bush fires is easier than people may think.

"Have a five-minute conversation and ask yourself - when will you go, what will you take and where will you go?"

The following brigades will hold a Get Ready Weekend event at their respective stations if not otherwise noted:

Saturday, September 14

  • Hannam Vale - 10am to 12.15pm
  • Coopernook - 10am to 3pm
  • Kundle Moto - 10.30am to 2pm
  • Taree (at Bunnings Taree) - 8am to 4pm
  • Old Bar - 10am to 4pm
  • Rainbow Flat - 10am to 2pm
  • Firefly - 8.30am to 1pm
  • Minimbah - 11am to 3pm
  • Marlee - 10am to 3pm
  • Wherrol Flat - 9.30am to 2pm
  • Burrell Creek - 9am to noon
  • Gloucester (at Woolworths) - 9am to 2pm
  • Booral (at Booral Shopping Hub) - 9.30am to noon

Sunday, September 15

  • Lansdowne - 9am to noon
  • Krambach (Krambach markets) - 9am to noon
  • Coomba Park - 9am to 2pm
  • Green Point - 8am to 2pm
  • Bungwahl - 10am to 2pm