14 Dubbo Photo News January 3-9, 2019 EMERGENCY ISSUES The Dubbo Photo News page dedicated to the hard work of our emergency services personnel. RFS LSM and a National Medal, as a dual member of the RFS and VRA, in a personal ceremony. That’s a great mark of respect for John and his wife Janet along with his fellow brigade members. NEWS OPINION AND ANALYSIS by JOHN RYAN Fire on river island WHILE most locals are inside with the air-conditioning on full blast, at the pool or having some quiet drinks at the pub to celebrate the festive season, there are plenty of others doing the hot hard yards on our behalf. It’s been an incredibly busy few days for our local firies, with multiple fire emergencies to respond to in the shocking heat. On Sunday morning Dubbo HQ and Cumboogle brigades responded to reports of a fire south of Dubbo on the Macquarie River. On arrival crews found a small island in the river alight. With Cumboogle 1 and a portable pump they were able to quickly contain and blackout the fire. Dubbo HQ is warning the forecasted week ahead is expecting temperatures topping the high 30s and low 40s again in the Dubbo area, and are asking that everyone is more vigilant with fires as high temperatures, wind and low humidity can make small fires turn dangerous very quickly. Smoking costs careers HOLY smokes Batman! I’ve been inside Wellington’s original jail doing stories enough times that I don’t ever want to go back, and it amazes me that anyone would try to smuggle illicit substances into the compound. In December detectives from the State Crime Command’s Corrective Services Investigation Unit established Strike Force Balanada to investigate the introduction of contraband at the Wellington Correctional Centre and just before the end of the year a Corrective Services officer was charged as part of that investigation. Strike force detectives identified suspicious activity being conducted by a male corrections officer and following extensive inquiries they arrested a 35-year-old man at a home at Maryvale. The man was taken to Wellington Police Station and charged with two counts of agent corruptly receive benefit and five counts of unlawfully deliver anything to an inmate. Police will allege in court that the man trafficked tobacco into Wellington Correctional Centre on five occasions in return for financial reward from two inmates. He has been granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Wellington Local Court on February 19. The man was also notified his employment with Corrective Services NSW has been suspended. Investigations are continuing. the volunteers and other emergency services, Rescue Squad, NSW Fire and Rescue, SES, police and the RFS who allow family members to do these sorts of things – it is greatly appreciated. it was great to see him in the area over the break and handing out some well-deserved praise. He was in Mumbil to present a 60-year NSW Rural Fire Service Long Service Medal (LSM) to John Francis. John had been seriously injured in a recent accident and was unable to attend the District Medals Ceremony, so VRA Commissioner Mark Gibson and Commissioner Fitzsimmons presented his NSW long-term commitment and tremendously dislocating. We can say all sorts of nice things about our volunteer emergency responders, but we really need to stop and think about all that time and effort that goes into this, the stuff that doesn’t get featured in the headlines. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And thank you to the families of Fire along Newell Highway SATURDAY was also busy with Dubbo HQ, Minore, Mountain Creek and Spring Creek Rural Fire Brigades responding to reports of a grass fire on the Newell Highway south of Dubbo. On arrival crews conducted a direct attack on a fire on the side of the highway and, despite the blaze having already spread to a neighbouring paddock, crews were able to contain the fire to a relatively small area. Well done to the local police crews who quickly responded to assist with traffic control – if our volunteers are having a crack in this heat, the least we can do is to make them as safe as possible. It’s a timely reminder that all road users must slow down to 40km/h when emergency service crews are on the road side with red and blue lights on. Mumbil medals to John Francis THERE’S a lot I disagree with when it comes to the RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, but Safety on the road and at public events YOU could be forgiven for thinking you were driving on dirt roads throughout Dubbo’s central business district on New Year’s Eve – while the dire warning of stormy weather didn’t eventuate, a massive dust storm covered the city. Hundreds of amazing pictures and videos were posted to the Dubbo Photo News facebook page so if you don’t follow us on social media but want to check out the best and most shots, you’d better jump aboard. Some of the images really did make it look like the end of the world. Dubbo’s New Year’s firework display was called off amid safety fears and for people who criticized that decision, their memories are short when you recall the tragic death by lightning at a Geurie event just a few months ago. Be careful on the roads, this area has been doing well compared to the outright road carnage of some years gone by. Police have been out in force and at the time of our deadline they’d racked up some pretty impressive stats from December 21, the day operation Safe Arrival kicked into action: Total infringements issued (not speeding): 18,585 Speed infringements: 10,826 Breath tests: 497,218 Drink-driving charges: 546 Lives lost: 6 Fire at the Dubbo tip LATE last week Dubbo HQ and Burrabadine brigades were paged to a fire out towards Narromine which turned out to be some rubbish alight at the Whylandra Waste Facility. Thanks to the quick response by both brigades, the fire was quickly contained to a small area and extinguished. Many of the same people would have turned out, unpaid, to fight these three fires while the vast majority of us spend a relaxed holiday break chilling out with friends. To gain the privilege of being allowed to do this, the firefighters have had to undergo endless sessions of unpaid training. Think about that – doing all this unpaid work away from family just so they can be called away from family on literally a moment’s notice at the hottest times of the year, and in many cases these volunteers would be ripped away from gatherings of family and friends, some of whom may have travelled long distances to catch up This is no small thing, it’s not like spending a couple of minutes helping someone load groceries in their car boot (although that’s a great gesture), it’s a massive and Send your news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org or 0429 452 245 txt is best
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