Are you bushfire ready? Test your preparedness this weekend

READY FOR ACTION: Hartley Rural Fire Service volunteers Dave Nettleton, Andrew Moyle, Gary Strokes, (back) John Wilkinson, Jed Peters and Ramsary Moodie. Picture: KIRSTY HORTON.
READY FOR ACTION: Hartley Rural Fire Service volunteers Dave Nettleton, Andrew Moyle, Gary Strokes, (back) John Wilkinson, Jed Peters and Ramsary Moodie. Picture: KIRSTY HORTON.

The emphasis will be on being bushfire ready this weekend, as the NSW Rural Fire Service opens its doors. 

Lithgow’s communications team will be on hand at the Lithgow Valley Plaza on Sunday, September 17 from 10am-3pm to help you prepare for the coming season. 

The Clarence-Dargan Fire Station, on Chifley Road, Clarence, will be having an open day on Saturday, September 16 from 10am-4pm. All are welcome. 

Bunnings Lithgow will be hosting a free bushfire preparedness DIY workshop on Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17 at 12.30pm. 

The DIY workshops will offer helpful advice and handy tips on how you can prepare your home to be bushfire ready throughout the Australian summer.

Hartey Rural Fire Brigade held its open day in conjunction with the Father’s Day markets at Hartley Store on September 3. 

“It’s important for everyone to be fire ready, even if you live in town, it’s good to have a plan in place,” Hartley Rural Fire Service’s Gary Stokes said. 

Members used the opportunity not only to spread information about how to be prepared for the coming season, which promises to be challenging due to the dry, but also to attract younger members to the team.  

LIFE IN THE FIRE TRUCK: Mona Serves and Lilly Dever hop up in the Hartley Fire Truck. Picture: KIRSTY HORTON.

LIFE IN THE FIRE TRUCK: Mona Serves and Lilly Dever hop up in the Hartley Fire Truck. Picture: KIRSTY HORTON.

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the Service's annual Get Ready Weekend campaign would be a great chance for local families to learn simple but vital steps that will make a big difference in the event of a bushfire.

“Preparing for bush fires is easier than people may think, it could be as simple as mowing your lawn, clearing debris and flammable materials on your property, cleaning your gutters and talking to your family about what you would do if a bush fire was to start near them,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

For more information on the NSW Rural Fire Service and how to prepare for the fire season you can visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au