Although predictions are for a wetter than usual spring, the NSW Rural Fire Service is urging everyone not to be complacent about getting properties and plans ready now that the fire season is upon us.
Rural fire brigades across NSW are holding events for Get Ready Weekend on the weekend of 19-20 September.
Get Ready events with our terrific friendly firies from your local brigade gives you the opportunity to talk to a crew member about the bush fire risk for your area.
The brigades can look up your property on Google Earth, and you can put your name down for a home visit and fire risk assessment by members of the brigade.
Most importantly talk to the RFS volunteers about how to develop a fire plan for your property.
It takes 15 minutes to make a fire plan that will give your property, your family and yourself the best chance of survival should you come under threat.
The brigades have lots of "Get Ready" materials to share with you including Fire Plan kits for farmers and rural landholders, and information on how to take care of your horses, cows, pets and other animals during a bushfire.
Take your kids too. There will be opportunity for a photo with the fire trucks and the kids can also collect their very own fire helmet and goody bag to take home.
To keep COVID-safe, there will be a COVID marshall at both Wallaby Joe and Tinonee Get Ready days. There will be a limit of 20 people, including the RFS volunteers, at a time.
"People may be asked to come back if it looks full," Wallaby Joe member, Kerrie Guppy said.
Where and when:
Wallaby Joe (Wingham): Saturday, September 19, Central Park Wingham, 10am-2pm. Wallaby Joe Rural Fire Brigade is teaming up with Wingham Fire and Rescue for their Get Ready Day. There will be two tables, one for Wallaby Joe and one for Fire and Rescue, so people can go to the table that is relevant to them - Wallaby Joe for rural areas, and Fire and Rescue for town dwellers.
Tinonee: Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, Tinonee Shops precinct on the Bucketts Way, 8am-12pm.
Wherrol Flat: Sunday, September 20, Wherrol Flat Fire Station, 1306 Wherrol Flat Road, Wherrol Flat 8am-4pm.
Marlee: Saturday, September 19, Marlee Fire Station, 1653 Bulga Road, Marlee, 9am-2pm.
For more information on Get Ready Weekend visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/getready.