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Thursday 15 October 2015Bush fire survival.

Bega Valley Shire Library and the Far South Coast Rural Fire Service are holding bush fire information sessions at the Bermagui, Bega, Merimbula and Eden libraries over the coming weeks.

The bush fire information sessions will be held from 12.30pm at Bermagui Library on 28 October, 12.30pm at Bega Library on 4 November, 12.30pm at the Merimbula Library Portal and 3.30pm at Eden Library on 11 November.

These sessions will give updates to the public about the coming bush fire season and explain the process of making a Bush Fire Survival Plan.

The Bush Fire Survival Plan can be made using the Rural Fire Service mobile and tablet app with paper based plans also available on the day.

The Library will have some iPads with the RFS app pre-installed for attendees to build their plan and print it out to take home. Participants are welcome to bring their own devices.

The Bush Fire Survival Plans will be available at the libraries the week of the information session for those unable to attend.

Community Safety Officer from the Far South Coast Rural Fire Service, Martin Webster, said the aim of the sessions is to break down misconceptions and help people get their plans into a useable format.

“Research has shown that many people are not completing Bush Fire Survival Plans because they find the task intimidating,” he said.

Council’s Programs and Partnerships Officer, Scott Baker, said he is thrilled the libraries can host these important workshops.

“We want to provide the community a means to explore what the library and the RFS has to offer in assisting everyone with creating these vitally important bush fire safety plans,” he said.

For more information contact Scott Baker on 6499 2127.

Photograph: Rural Fire Service Bush Fire Survival Plan

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