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Gulmarrad RFS members L-R Lyn and Mark Carr, Ryan Walsh and Keith Ward. Image: Lynne Mowbray

RFS encourage us to ‘Get Ready’

Local Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigades have begun holding information days for the public, in an effort to help prepare them and to Get Ready, ahead of the fire season.

Gulmarrad RFS member Mark Carr said that they held their open day on Sunday, where they gave out information to the community, about preparing for the upcoming fire season.

“We’ve had a few people through here today,” Mr Carr said.

“The packs include information about: Do they have a bush fire survival plan, a reminder to change their smoke alarm batteries at the commencement of daylight savings and how to stay safe.

“Information packs regarding the bush fire survival plans are still available at the Gulmarrad RFS Fire Station (on Brooms Head Road) and other fire stations in the Clarence Valley area.

“Everybody should have a plan – you don’t know what’s going to happen.

“The fire season we had last year was horrendous in the Clarence area and it’s better to have a plan, at least you know what you’re doing,” he said.

Details on local events can be found at

The web site also provides instructions on how to draw up a home bushfire survival plan.