Our Rural Fire Service is urging Forbes landholders to get prepared for bushfire season this weekend.
They’re throwing open the doors at the Mid Lachlan Valley headquarters in Union Street on Saturday and encouraging the community to come down for a visit. The community are invited to stop by between 10am and 4pm.
The RFS headquarters on Union Street are hosting this event on Saturday only while other RFS stations are holding the event across Saturday and Sunday.
The aim of the Get Ready Weekend is to help educate the community about the risks of bushfires and to provide advice on how to prepare for the season.
According to District Officer Cameron Bird there is an “above average threat” of fire this coming season based on the current amount of fires in the northern part of NSW.
Mr Bird states that fire activity in the northern parts of NSW are usually an indicator for how the severe the bushfire season may be and that this season has started earlier than usual.
During the Get Ready weekend, the RFS have a jumping castle and giveaway for the kids to enjoy.
Also on display are three fire trucks and a remote firefighting trailer for the community to interact with.
As part of the event, members of the RFS will be on hand to provide advice on what to do to prepare for the fire season and what members of the community should be aware of.
This event is aimed to encourage people to form a fire safety plan, even if it is a verbal plan to help minimise risk in case of an emergency. The event is also aimed at encouraging fire safety practises during the coming bushfire season.
As part of the plan, Mr Bird stated individuals should be aware of livestock or domestic animalsif they plan on leaving if there is a fire and have an idea of how to protect them. If people decide to stay at their property as part of their plan, Mr Bird suggests to make sure any overgrown vegetation is cut back to reduce potential risk.
During this weekend Mr Bird also suggests having a conversation with the RFS personnel on how far vegetation should be cut back and what can be done around the house to minimise fire danger.