As more than 50 fires continue to burn across NSW, Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has encouraged all residents who live near bushland and areas prone to grass fires to start preparing for the bush fire season.

 Mr Saunders said ‘Get Ready Weekend’ on 14-15 September is an opportunity for families to get to know their local firefighters and find out about the risk in their area.

 “The first step to keep your family and property safe is knowing your bush fire risk, which your local brigade can help you assess,” he said.

 “RFS volunteers are an invaluable source of knowledge and can provide advice on preparing your bush fire plan, preparing your property and planning with neighbours.”

 Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott said NSW had already seen how quickly fires can develop and threaten homes and lives over the past week.

 “The State’s own permanent 737 Large Air Tanker (LAT) the Marie Bashir, which touched down just weeks ago, and has already flown 59 missions and delivered more than 880,000 litres of water and retardant,” he said.

 NSW RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said recent research showed that 67 percent of people living in bush fire prone areas have some sort of plan for what to do during a fire, but it is worrying that more than a third of people have not even talked about it.

 “Two-thirds of people surveyed acknowledged that it is their responsibility to get ready for bush fires, but nearly half of people have not taken any steps to prepare,” he said.

 “With 95 percent of NSW drought affected and a forecast of ongoing dry and warm conditions, we’re facing a potentially long bush fire season.”

 

How you can prepare:

 Every resident in NSW should take four crucial steps to keep safe:

  1. Discuss what to do if a bush fire threatens your home
  2. Prepare your home and get it ready for bush fire season
  3. Know the bush fire alert levels
  4. Keep all the bush fire information numbers, websites and Fires Near Me smartphone app handy