THE NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is calling on all Nambucca and Kempsey residents to join with volunteer firefighters and prepare for the bush fire season on Get Ready Weekend.
Local residents can get involved on this weekend 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 Lachlann Ison said all residents in the Nambucca and Kempsey areas 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," Supt Ison 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 Nambucca and Kempsey residents to do their bit to plan and prepare their family and properties for the fire season.
Superintendent Ison said 13 events will be held across the Nambucca and Kempsey and Nambucca shires.
These events will include 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 with you about the simple things you can do to reduce your bush fire risk, like having a bush fire survival plan," Supt Ison 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?"
For more information contact the Fire Control Centre Lower North Coast on 6563-7100.
Where and when
Crescent Head: Crescent Head Sporting Field, Baker Dr - Sunday 10am-2pm
Dondingalong: Dondingalong Fire Station, 613 Pipers Creek Rd - Saturday 9am-1pm
Frederickton: Bunnings Kempsey, Smith St, Kempsey - Saturday 9am-3pm
Gladstone: Big W Kempsey, 91 Smith St - Saturday 8am-2pm
Gumma: Gumma Fire Station, 420 Gumma Rd - Sunday 9.30am-3pm
Hat Head: Hat Head General Store, Straight St - Saturday 10am-11.30am
Lower North Coast Community Engagement: Gordon Park, Wellington Dr, Nambucca Heads - Saturday 9am-2.30pm
Nambucca Headquarters: Lions Park Macksville, Ferry St - Saturday 9am-3pm
Newee Creek-Bowraville: High St, Bowraville - Saturday 9.30am-2.30pm
South Arm: South Arm Fire Station, South Arm Rd, Bowraville - Sunday 10am-2pm
South West Rocks: Coles carpark, South West Rocks, 255-279 Gregory St - Saturday 9am-1.30pm
Valla: Valla Fire Station, 451 Valla Rd - Sunday 10am-1pm
Valla Beach: Valla Beach Fire Station, 60 Valla Beach Rd - Saturday 10am-2pm.
For current incidents or major fire updates visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au