The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has called for Mid Coast residents to join their local volunteer firefighters for Get Ready Weekend in preparation for the 2020-21 bushfire season.
Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said the events will offer residents a chance to engage with their brigades, find out about the fire risk in the area and the practical actions needed to 'get ready'.
"Last year our region experienced an extreme and devastating fire season that saw NSW Rural Fire Service volunteer crews go to extraordinary lengths to protect to lives and homes," Mr Bromhead said.
"With 150 homes lost to fire in our region and 2,371 km2 burnt - approximately 24 per cent of our the entire Mid Coast council local government area last year, it is now more important than ever that residents of Myall Lakes are prepared for bushfire season.
"Get Ready Weekend will be a great opportunity for you to support your local firefighting volunteers by being prepared for the bushfire season."
Crews have prepared for the bushfire season by undertaking hazard reduction burns, maintaining equipment and undergoing training.
Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said the bushfire threat is as real as ever, particularly the risk of grass fires in western NSW.
"Despite a large part of the State having burnt during our 'Black Summer', we cannot get complacent about this coming season, so now is the time to get ready," Mr Elliott said.
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