NSW Rural Fire Service urging residents to 'Get Ready' for bushfires

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is calling on all  Narromine Shire Council and Dubbo Regional Council residents to join with NSW RFS volunteer firefighters and prepare for the coming bush fire season on Get Ready Weekend.

Narromine Shire Council and Dubbo Regional Council residents can get involved in fun family events including kids activities, firefighting displays, opportunities to get aboard a fire truck, and see some of their specialist equipment. Importantly they can also get some information and advice on preparing their properties for the bush fire season.

NSW RFS District Officer Peter Fothergill said all residents in the Narromine Shire and Dubbo Regional Council need to be prepared for the bush fire season.

“It has already been a busy start to the fire season with more than 2000 bush and grass fires across NSW during August,” District Officer Peter Fothergill said.

“With all of NSW in drought and a forecast of ongoing warm and dry conditions, there is the potential for a long and protracted bush 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 Dubbo Regional Council and Narromine Shire residents to do their bit to prepare and protect their family and property in the event of a fire," he said.

District Officer Peter Fothergill said four events will be held in the Narromine Shire and Dubbo Regional Council including: firefighting displays, opportunities to get on board a fire truck, seeing specialist firefighting equipment up close and having your picture taken with a firefighter.

“Volunteer firefighters will be available to talk to about the simple things you can do to reduce your bush fire risk,” District Officer Peter Fothergill said.

“Preparing for bush fires is easier than people may think. It could be as simple as talking to your family about what you would do if a bush fire was to start near them.

“Get Ready Weekend on 22 and 23 September is the ideal opportunity to take that action.”

A full list of local events is available at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/getready