Fire Brigade to host open day as fire ban comes into place

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AS THE fire season draws to a close today (Thursday, September 1) the Murwillumbah Rural Fire Brigade is gearing up for another scorching spring and summer seasons.

To help educate and inform residents of the increasing fire risks in and around homes, Murwillumbah Rural Fire Brigade will host an open day on Saturday, September 10, from 10am to 2pm.

Murwillumbah-Rural-Fire-Brigade-team-webThe family event will take place at the Fire Brigade’s sheds on Kyogle Road around the corner from the Murwillumbah High School next to the SES shed.

The open day will include a range of demonstrations, tours and information sharing to ensure the community is mindful of seasonal fire dangers.

Brigade Captain Joe Frankland said anyone wanting to carry out a burn on their property or properties will need to apply for a burn permit.

“No burns are allowed across the Tweed Shire without a burn permit from September 1,” he said.

“I’d like to also encourage the community to come along to our open day at the brigade shed on September 10. During the open day residents can talk to our firefighters and volunteers about the fire risk to gain advice that could save your family and home from bush fires.”

Mr Frankland said many of the usual practices were encouraged including clearing a fire break around homes, ensuring gutters were cleared as well as following the three rules “prepare”, “act” and “survive”.

Visitors will be treated to free sausage sizzle and free fairy floss, as well as enjoy a ride in the brigade’s go-cart.

To find out more about the open day, or to get involved with the Murwillumbah Rural Fire Brigade, phone: 0408 535 385.