Mid­dle Du­ral Fire Brigade News

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Nsw Rural Fire Service Reports -

Mem­bers of the Mid­dle Du­ral Fire Brigade have helped to con­tain the bush­fire be­tween Me­nai and the Holswor­thy army base which started on Satur­day 14th April. Al­most 2,500 hectares of bush burned be­fore the blaze was brought un­der con­trol, and as we go to press, huge plumes of an­gry smoke still reach sky­ward, RFS crews con­tinue to broaden con­tain­ment lines. Fire still rages in the re­mote cen­tre and he­li­copters cir­cle the sky drop­ping wa­ter. Re­mark­ably, no lives have been lost, no houses de­stroyed. Un­doubt­edly lo­cal res­i­dents, some of whom live within me­tres of the bush, played a key role. Some were evac­u­ated, some chose to stay; their fire plans ac­ti­vated. The es­sen­tial el­e­ment was that all of them seemed to be well pre­pared and had made sure their houses had clean gut­ters, gar­dens and lawns free of po­ten­tial fuel, hoses at the ready. They pa­trolled, they ex­tin­guished spot fires and they worked to­gether as a com­mu­nity watch­ful eye.

We were grate­ful to the Me­nai Club that provided meals, and to the beaut res­i­dent with her trailer (“Sup­plies for the Guys”) of­fer­ing de­li­cious goody bags of muffins, choco­late, lol­lies, wa­ter and fruit to dirty fire­fight­ers on the side of the road.

We were re­minded by this beau­ti­ful old fire fight­ing en­gine how much the Vol­un­teer Fire Fight­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion has come since those early days. Govern­ment and lo­cal ratepayer fund­ing have com­bined with a so­phis­ti­cated level of train­ing, re­sult­ing in world class equip­ment and highly trained world class fire­fight­ers.

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