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Bushfire assistance for disabled and elderly

Bourke based Rural Fire Service Inspector Craig Warwick Photo TWH

The NSW Rural Fire Service is reminding residents of the Far West that a program to assist disabled and elderly residents is available through the RFS.

Residents of the shires of Bourke, Brewarrina, Cobar and Central Darling and people in the Unincorporated Area west of Wanaaring can access support to live safely if they live in bushfire prone areas.

The program is called AIDER – assistance for infirm, disabled and elderly residents – and is available through the Far West RFS Fire Mitigation crews from Bourke and Brewarrina.

Local RFS Inspector Craig Warwick said this is a once-off free service to reduce bushfire hazards so that residents can live safely and confidently in areas where bushfires may start.

“We are making this free service available to aged and disabled residents who have limited support from family and friends”, Inspector Warwick said.

“Our crews are available to help with thinning vegetation around homes, removing leaves, sticks and branches, trimming branches around homes, mowing and slashing long grass, and cleaning out gutters.

For further information please contact the Bourke Fire Control Centre on 02 6872 4023.

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