NSW Rural Fire Service - Mid Coast District helps Queensland fire effort

Photo: Bonny Hills Rural Fire Brigade
Photo: Bonny Hills Rural Fire Brigade

Volunteers from NSW Rural Fire Service - Mid Coast District have helped to battle blazes in Queensland. 

Lake Cathie and Bonny Hills brigade volunteers were deployed to assist their fellow volunteer fire fighters at Hervey Bay in Queensland.

Glenn Dunn from Bonny Hills Rural Fire Brigade said their team joined crews from Taree, Wauchope and eight others from the Central Coast and Lower Hunter. 

“At Chinderah we joined other brigades to make up to 20 tankers,” he said.

“We were escorted by Queensland Police through the Gold Coast and Brisbane to Gympie where we were split up to various locations.”

On November 28, 30 RFS members left Port Macquarie airport for Queensland on a chartered flight. The crews helped fight fires for four days and returned home on Sunday, December 2. 

RFS district manager Stuart Robb said the volunteers assisted the Queensland Fire Service with the devastating fires around the Hervey Bay region.

"Our role will be to support crews on the ground in Hervey Bay and to provide them some welcome relief to volunteers within Queensland Fire Service," he said.

"The Queensland crews have been extremely busy over the last couple of days.

"We've had them (Queensland volunteers) in NSW and helping us out in previous years.

"All our volunteers are ground crew while we will also be providing an air-based manager to bolster their air crews."

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