RESIDENTS of Port Stephens can find out how to prepare for the bushfire season as Rural Fire Service brigades throw open their doors to the public this Saturday.
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Brigades across New South Wales are taking part in the annual RFS Get Ready Weekend giving local communities the chance to meet the volunteers and find out how to prepare their homes and properties against fire this summer.
“The Open Day is a great chance to meet your local brigade,” said Gavin Smith from Medowie Rural Fire Brigade.
“There will be plenty of activities for the kids – and adults – on the day with fire trucks and equipment on display, games and a sausage sizzle.”
With an ‘above normal’ bushfire season predicted across the State, Medowie Open Day coordinator Gavin Smith said the open day, this Saturday, 22 September, between 10am and 2pm, is a timely opportunity to find out about how to make a bush fire survival plan.
Mr Smith said, as well as completing a bush fire survival plan, residents can also take practical steps around the home to prepare for the season.
“Simple things like clearing your gutters, keeping lawns short and cleaning up fallen leaves, twigs and debris around the property will help.”
“You can also download a Bush Fire Survival Plan guide online or the MyFirePlan smartphone application.”
“Volunteers at the participating brigades will be on-hand to give practical tips,” Mr Smith said.
For a full list of participating brigades and times, visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
By Rachael VAUGHAN