Heathcote residents must have a plan in place as the bushfire season officially begins, with more than a third of the state now entering the ‘Bushfire Danger Period’.

The NSW Government is well prepared for the bush fire season and continues to ensure our devoted firefighters have the best possible support with the arrival of Large Air Tanker (LAT) ‘Boomer’.

‘Boomer’ can dump more than 11,300 litres of water or fire retardant at a time, and will be used for direct attacks on both bush and grass fires, creating containment lines, and providing urban interface protection. This impressive aircraft will be utilised to support the efforts of our local firefighters on the ground and ultimately ensuring that lives and property are kept as safe as possible this season.

While our dedicated firefighters will do everything they can to prepare and protect our community, its also important for residents to do what they can to prepare for the fire season and make sure they make or update their ‘Bush Fire Survival Plan’.

People should also remember that embers can be blown a great distance ahead of a bush fire, travelling several streets and potentially igniting spot fires.

It’s absolutely essential you plan ahead – and prepare your property by doing things like clearing gutters of leaves, maintaining gardens, and checking your garden hoses can reach all corners of your property.”

Community members can learn more about bush fire preparation at one of 600 events across the state on Get Ready Weekend, on 22 and 23 September 2018.

Firefighters will be available at station open days as well as local events to provide advice on reducing the risk to your home.

Visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au to find out what is happening in Heathcote and for further information on making a ‘Bush Fire Survival Plan’, visit www.myfireplan.com.au.