Use this weekend to Get Ready


This week’s bush fires have again demonstrated the importance of early planning and preparation, with the NSW RFS encouraging residents to use this weekend to get ready.

More than 100 NSW RFS brigades will throw open their doors from 10am to 12pm on Saturday, 16 November 2019, to help residents plan and prepare for the remainder of the fire season.

“This season has demonstrated the significant impact that bush fires can have on communities, with six people killed, more than 300 homes destroyed and many towns and villages threatened by fire,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“It’s a stark reminder not only about the dangers of fire, but also the importance of being prepared, and having a plan.

“Since this week’s increased fire threat and Catastrophic fire danger conditions in some areas, we recognise people want to know more about getting ready”.

More than 130 brigades will open on Saturday morning to chat with residents about their local risk, property preparation and making a plan.

A list of participating brigades is available here.

Not all brigades are able to take part as many are still actively involved in fighting fires either at home or elsewhere in NSW.

The NSW RFS recommends the following to get ready for the remainder of the bush fire season:

  • Discuss what to do if a bush fire threatens your home
  • Prepare your home and get it ready for the bush fire season
  • Know the bush fire alert levels
  • Keep all the bush fire information numbers, websites and smartphone app handy

To make a bush fire survival plan, visit