Scot MacDonald
18th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said multiple Rural Fire Service brigades across the Hunter will open their doors to the community this weekend to help people be aware and prepare for bush fire risks this summer, as part of Get Ready Weekend.

Mr MacDonald said it is particularly important for residents who live near bushland and areas prone to grass fires to start preparing now and take the time to participate.

Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Maitland and Cessnock LGAs all commenced their Bushfire Danger Period from 1st September.

“With the entire state in drought and ongoing warm conditions expected over the coming months, it’s more crucial than ever for residents to be vigilant around their properties,” Mr MacDonald said.

“We’re fortunate to have some of the most skilled and experienced firefighters in the world here in NSW; however, they’re facing a potentially long and protracted bush fire season so we all need to do our part in the community to be as prepared as possible.

Mr MacDonald encouraged residents to visit their local brigade to pick up vital fire safety information, and thank our outstanding local firefighters for the tremendous work they do to help keep our communities safe.

The top four tips to getting ready for bush fire season are:

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

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said Get Ready Weekend is a great opportunity for families to get to know their local firefighters and find out about the fire risk in their area.

“We’ve already seen during August how quickly fires can develop and threaten homes and lives, so it’s a timely reminder to get ready,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“The first step in getting ready is knowing your risk, and local brigades can help you with that while providing valuable advice on preparing your home and family.”

To find a local brigade hosting an event visit 

To download a Bushfire Survival Plan visit