I encourage the community to embrace ‘Get Ready Weekend 2016’ for the bush fire season.

Volunteer firefighters will be out in force holding events and activities in our local area on September 10 and 11. Members of the public are invited to attend and learn how they can be prepared for bushfires as well as know how to act by taking some simple steps to ensure the safety of themselves and their loved ones.

There are many events planned across the state, including firefighting displays, opportunities to get aboard a fire truck, take a picture with a firefighter and see some of their specialist equipment. Local Bunnings stores are also hosting volunteer firefighters and displays so people can talk to them about the simple things they can do to reduce their bush fire risk.

‘Get Ready Weekend’ is an important part of entering the warmer months where there is a greater risk of bush and grass fires.

Attending one of these locations will be time well spent to ensure the protection and safety of you and your family.

Events in the local area are listed below.

Open day at brigade station, Street meetings, conducting property inspectionsBundeena BrigadeBundeena Fire Station, 50 Bundeena Drive Bundeena 223011 September 9am-2pm
Open day at brigade stationHeathcote HeadquartersHeathcote Fire Station, 126 Wilson Parade Heathcote 223311 September 9am-1pm
Open day at Brigade stationHelensburgh BrigadeHelensburgh Fire Station, Parkes Street Helensburgh 250810 September 10am-2pm
Open day at brigade stationMenai BrigadeMenai Fire Station, 128-130 Old Illawarra Road Barden Ridge 223410 September 930am-4pm
Open day at brigade station. Street meeting. Conducting property inspections.Otford BrigadeOtford Fire Station, Otford Road Otford 250810 September 10am-4pm
Open day at brigade stationEngadine BrigadeEngadine Fire Station, 22 Ferntree Road Engadine 223311 September 930am-2pm
Open day at brigade stationWaterfall BrigadeWaterfall Fire Station, McKell Avenue Waterfall 223310 September 10am-4pm
Event at local businessWoronora BrigadeBunnings Warehouse Kirrawee, 127 Bath Road Kirrawee 223210 September 9am-3pm
Open day at brigade stationWoronora BrigadeWoronora Rural Fire Brigade, 1R Menai Road11 September 9am-330pm