Bulahdelah informs the public on getting ready for the bushfire season

Learning how to put out fires.

SIZZLING sausages, information booths, entertainment and displays by the local Bulahdelah Rural Fire Service (RFS) were key elements of a day highlighting the need to prepare for the upcoming bushfire season.

Organiser of the day, Mid Coast Landcare’s Fire and Project Officer, Olivia Eglin said, “Today is about the fire ecology program I have been running on the Mid Coast.

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“The program involves workshops and expos.

“We cover the theory around fire, vegetation and what being prepared might look like.”

These displays and information sessions are currently being held across the Mid Coast area to alert people to potential hazards and demonstrate how to prepare a property to be fire resistant.

The sessions also provide an opportunity to bring together organisations to share information that is useful to the public.

With the last few years of higher than average annual rain, the area is facing a drier and hotter summer, with plenty of fuel on the ground.

Kirsty Channon, NSW Rural Fire Service’s Operational Officer for Mid Coast District told NOTA, “Today has been a great opportunity to come out and talk about being ready for bushfires.

“We’re coming into conditions we would normally expect in most areas in the Mid Coast but because we haven’t had fires in the last couple of years people have forgotten to be as prepared as they normally would.”

Captain of the Bulahdelah RFS, Rod Paar said, “Today was about promoting fire awareness, safety and overcoming people’s complacency.”

Bulahdelah and other brigades are always looking for new volunteers to join them.

“We have had a mother and daughter team just join us and we have had a new junior member join us from our recent activities at the Bulahdelah Central School, but we are always looking for new members,” said Mr Paar.

Residents are reminded that fire restrictions came into force on 1 September for the Mid Coast area and permits are required for any burn offs.


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