Why you need a bushfire survival plan: Get Ready Weekend 2017

Get ready: Northside Rural Fire Service's Kingsley Searle promoting Saturday's Get Ready Weekend at the North Shore's Kangaroo Park.

Get ready: Northside Rural Fire Service's Kingsley Searle promoting Saturday's Get Ready Weekend at the North Shore's Kangaroo Park.

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Information on how to complete a bushfire survival plan is key to this weekend’s NSW Rural Fire Service’s Get Ready Weekend.

Superintendent Kam Baker said it is imperative that families also understand what to do when a bushfire is approaching.

“The Get Ready Weekend is a great idea and the Rural Fire Service is encouraging all residents to get involved,” he said.

“Along with completing your bushfire survival plan, we would also encourage families to make sure their property is prepared for the upcoming season and to ensure that all family members know and understand what is in their plans.

“This weekend is a great information day and a great time for residents to engage with their local brigade and to find out what the bushfire threats are in their local area.”

Supt Baker said brigades would have information available for new and long-term residents.

“People need to stay up to date with fire ratings on a daily basis by checking the Rural Fire Service website or the Bureau of Meteorology sites,” he added.

Supt Baker said the very dry conditions on the Mid-North Coast meant it was vital that residents the information suitable to their particular area.

“We are certainly concerned with the current conditions and also the upcoming summer.

“The lower than average rainfall and increased temperatures forecast are a real concern.”

District officer Stuart Robb said residents need to contact the rural fire service to arrange a permit if they are considering hazard reduction burns.

“The bushfire danger period is in place now and continues through to March 31,” he said.

“Anyone considering a hazard reduction burn must contact us for a permit. A permit offer will come out to the property for an inspection. A permit will be issued, conditional on the current weather conditions. 

“Currently, permits are restricted to small piles. There are also other conditions placed on the issuing of permits, including the landholder must check if permits have been suspended.”

Get Ready Weekend 2017 venues

Weekend

  • Wauchope Fire Control Centre, Saturday September 16 and Sunday September 17, 10am until 3pm.

Saturday

  • North Shore - North Shore Fire Station, 9am until 3pm.
  • Telegraph Point - Telegraph Point Fire Station, 10am until 2pm.
  • Sancrox Thrumster - Sancrox Thrumster Fire Station, 10am until 4pm.
  • Wauchope - Wauchope Fire Station, 10am until 2pm.
  • Lake Cathie - Lake Cathie Fire Station, 8am unitl 4pm.
  • Bonny Hills - Bonny Hills Fire Station, 10am until 2.30pm.
  • Camden Haven - Camden Haven Fire Station, 9am until 2pm.
  • Hannam Vale - Hannam Vale Fire Station, 10am until 1pm.

Sunday

  • King Creek - King Creek Fire Station, 10am until 3pm.
  • Beechwood - Beechwood Hotel, 10am until 2pm.
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