Mid Coast Rural Fire Service crews to host Get Ready Weekend events on September 19 and 20

Budding firefighter Jacob Ellison with members of the Lansdowne RFS at the 2019 Get Ready Weekend. Photo: Scott Calvin.
Budding firefighter Jacob Ellison with members of the Lansdowne RFS at the 2019 Get Ready Weekend. Photo: Scott Calvin.

The idea that there is nothing left to burn in NSW following the 2019 bushfire crisis is categorically false.

Only 6.9 per cent of the State was impacted by bushfires, which means there is a significant risk for the forthcoming season.

Grass fires can move three times as fast as a bushfire, despite what many think. They start easy, spread quickly and will pose a risk this fire season.

These are just some of the misconceptions Rural Fire Service (RFS) crews across the Mid Coast will quash on September 19 and 20, otherwise known as Get Ready Weekend.

Crews, which worked around the clock to protect their communities from last year's blazes, will hold events at the following locations and times:

September 19

Marlee- at the fire station between 9am and 2pm

Coopernook- at the fire station between 9am and 2pm

Kundle/Moto- at the fire station between 10.30am and 2pm

Wallaby Joe- at Central Park in Wingham between 10am and 2pm (a Facebook Live event will be stream on their page)

Tinonee- at the Tinonee shop precinct between 8am and noon (event repeated at the same time and place on Sunday)

Old Bar- at the fire station between 10am and 1pm

Krambach- at Krambach Public School between 8am and noon

Pacific Palms- at the fire station between 10am and 2pm

North Arm Cove- at North Arm Cove Shopping Centre between 9am and 2pm

Pindimar/Tea Gardens- at Pindimar South Reserve between 8am and noon

Coopernook Rural Fire Service crew members at their 2019 Get Ready Weekend event.

Coopernook Rural Fire Service crew members at their 2019 Get Ready Weekend event.

September 20

Wherrol Flat- at the fire station between 8am and 4pm

Lansdowne- at the fire station between 9am and noon

Green Point- at the fire station between 9am and 2pm

Bowman River- at the fire station between 10am and 2pm

The Nabiac brigade will hold an event at the Nabiac farmers markets between 7am and 1pm on September 26.

MidCoast Council mayor David West said all local RFS brigades are made up of trained volunteers who risked their lives to protect homes and communities last year.

"They are committed to making sure that every one of us has a bushfire emergency plan and prepare our properties for bushfire this season," Cr West said.

"This (bushfire plans) will not only protect our own lives and property, but also help keep our amazing RFS volunteers safe too."

They are committed to making sure that every one of us has a bushfire emergency plan and prepare our properties for bushfire this season.

David West, MidCoast Council mayor

Cr West said the bushfire crisis was the worst in Mid Coast and NSW history so it's highly important residents prepare their homes and properties.

"We have seen our community really pull together to help each other recover from the impact of these fires, and that is ongoing," Cr West said.

"I am sure that as a community, and as individuals, we will all make an extra effort this year, to ensure everyone is prepared and has a bushfire emergency plan."

It only takes five minutes to improve or make a plan that will give your property, family and yourself the best chance for survival. Visit myfireplan.com.au for details.

Don Pattison lost his home in the bushfires last year. Photo: MidCoast Council.

Don Pattison lost his home in the bushfires last year. Photo: MidCoast Council.

While the focus this weekend is preparation, many residents are still picking up the pieces from last year's fires.

The MidCoast emergency hub is preparing residents to be disaster ready and prepare for a range of hazards.

Don Pattison and Cheryl Pacey lost their Caparra home on Friday, November 8 after the Rumba Dump bushfire swept through the area.

Mr Pattison encouraged those impacted by the fires to speak out.

"If you reach out to your local community, I'm sure they will do what they can to help you," Mr Pattison said.

"People will respond they are okay, but you need to go back (and check in) three, four, five, six times before they will say 'you know what, I could do with a hand'."