Are you ready for a bushfire? Get prepared this weekend

The NSW Rural Fire Service is calling on all Far South Coast residents to join volunteer firefighters and prepare for the coming bush fire season on Get Ready Weekend.

Plumes of smoke from the fast-moving bushfire at Cobargo on Saturday, September 7. Photo: Helen Howie

Plumes of smoke from the fast-moving bushfire at Cobargo on Saturday, September 7. Photo: Helen Howie

This weekend, September 14-15, get involved in fun family events including children's 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 Superintendent John Cullen said all residents on the Far South Coast need to be prepared for the bush fire season.

"Already this fire season we have seen more than 2700 bush and grass fires across NSW," Superintendent Cullen said.

"With the vast majority of NSW drought affected and a forecast of ongoing warm and dry conditions, there is the potential for a long and protracted 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 Far South Coast residents to do their bit to plan and prepare their family and properties for the fire season."

Superintendent Cullen said 25 events will be held on the Far South Coast, 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, like having a bush fire survival plan," Superintendent Cullen said.

"Preparing for bush fires is easier than people may think. Have a five-minute conversation and ask yourself - when will you go, what will you take and where will you go?"

Get Ready Weekend events in the Bega Valley

Yellow Pinch street meeting at the highway turnoff to Yellow Pinch Drive, 10-11am

Merimbula RFS Station open day, 126 Merimbula Drive, 12-1pm

Wolumla Reserve, Smith St, Sep 14, 10am until 12.15pm

Bemboka Fire Station, 76 Kameruka St, Sep 14, 10am until 2pm

Cobargo Co Operative, 52-54 Princes Hwy, Sep 14, 8am until 1pm

Jellat Fire Station, Thornhill Rd, Sep 14, 10am until 2pm

Rocky Hall Fire Station, Big Jack Mountain Rd, Sep 14, 12-3pm

Bega Street Meeting, corner Tarraganda Lane & East St, Sep 14, 9am until 12pm

Wolumla Reserve, Smith St, Sep 14, Sep 14, 10am until 12.15pm

Bermagui Fire Station, 18 Bunga St, Sep 15, 10am until 2pm

Eden Fire Station, Boyd & Alms St, Sep 15, 9am until 12pm

Numbugga Fire Station, Snowy Mountains Hwy, Sep 15, 10am until 2pm

Pambula Fire Station, 3 Sir William McKell Dr, Sep 15, 10am until 2pm

Wyndham Hall, Gordon St, Sep 22, 9.30am until 12.30pm

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