Glen Innes RFS prepare public for the bush fire season during Get Ready Weekend

Community urged to get ready for upcoming bushfire season

In an effort to get the local community prepared for the upcoming bushfire season, Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigades across the state are opening their stations to the public this weekend.

Northern Tablelands RFS brigades have already commenced spreading the Get Ready information at various locations, including Inverell and Tenterfield, and Glen Innes Fire Control Centre will hold their event from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, September 19.

Treechangers and other newcomers may be unsure of how to best prepare their properties for the bushfire period, but Rural Fire Service Northern Tablelands' Scott Keelan said the RFS is keen to help.

He said an experienced local officer can visit a property to work with the owner on assessing the bushfire threat and the fuel load, and prepare a fuel management plan.

"We cover around 21,000 square kilometres in the Northern Tablelands so we need people to contact us," he said.

"We're happy to assist to work out the best option of what's achievable."

Local brigades hope that residents in the area will call in to talk about preparations for the approaching fire season, both what brigades are doing and what we might do to best prepare our homes and properties to withstand fire.

There will be resources available for families to prepare a fire plan, to be ready with a common understanding of what will happen in a fire situation.

This year, because of COVID-19, activities at stations do have some restrictions, but individual brigades will be doing their best to make the visit both interesting and useful.

While there's lots of information available online at the RFS Northern Tablelands website, anyone keen for some one-on-one help can reach out with a direct message through the RFS Northern Tablelands Facebook page or by contacting an RFS member.