Charles Sturt University hosts over 250 firefighters for Mid North Coast fires

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Firefighters well fed and rested ahead of another big day of fighting fires on the Mid North Coast. Over 250 firefighters are staying at Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie.

Firefighters well fed and rested ahead of another big day of fighting fires on the Mid North Coast. Over 250 firefighters are staying at Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie.

The Charles Sturt University community is ensuring firefighters on the frontline are in top condition through providing them with sufficient sustenance and beds to sleep.

The university is accommodating over 250 firefighters, with students and staff supplying breakfast and dinner for them.

Charles Sturt University's director of external engagement Kate Wood-Foye said 25 students and staff have been on deck to help out, since the fires broke out on the Mid North Coast on Friday.

Firefighters have come from South Australia, Canberra, Queanbeyan and the Sydney region to join local crews.

University students Laura Thomas, Hannah Lewis and Gabie Chan are volunteering their time to the fire effort, sacrificing their exam break to help those on the frontline.

CSU students Laura Thomas, Gabie Chan and Hannah Lewis are supporting firefighters.

CSU students Laura Thomas, Gabie Chan and Hannah Lewis are supporting firefighters.

Hannah said she's got family who live in the Taree and Old Bar area. They had to evacuate their homes but have been able to return, thanks to the efforts of firefighters.

"It's the least we could do to give back to them and all they've done for us," Hannah said.

The students are the barbecue and baking queens in the morning. They also make sure the firefighters take plenty of high energy snacks with them for the long days.

Firefighters from Sydney Wayne Sly, Matthew Chapman and David McLeod are staying at Charles Sturt University residences.

Firefighters Wayne Sly, David McLeod and Matthew Chapman are staying at the CSU residences.

Firefighters Wayne Sly, David McLeod and Matthew Chapman are staying at the CSU residences.

On the morning of Monday, November 11 they described the conditions as constantly changing and said it's important people remain vigilant and heed advice from fire authorities.

Mr Sly said the community's show of support has been fantastic.

"It's the real Australian spirit," he said.

Mr Sly said the firefighters haven't got time to be scared out on the job and just focus on what has to be done.

Stephen Gibbs is the team leader from the Lake George NSW Rural Fire Service strike force team.

Firefighters have come from South Australia, Canberra, Queanbeyan and the Sydney region to join local crews.

Firefighters have come from South Australia, Canberra, Queanbeyan and the Sydney region to join local crews.

He said 28 members from the unit, based near Canberra, have been working to prepare for catastrophic conditions predicted to hit on Tuesday, November 12.

They have been focusing their efforts on the area of Long Flat and its surrounds to educate and inform residents about what they can expect.

Mr Gibbs thanked the staff and students at the university for providing a terrific service.

If people would like to donate non perishable snack food (muesli bars, lollies, chips, sport drinks) they can drop them off to the CSU residences at 28 Kingfisher Road between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

People can also donate Coles gift cards for the cause.

Examples of food people can donate.

Examples of food people can donate.

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