Local Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigades have been feeling the heat in the last few weeks, assisting with the Mount Canobolas and Gowan fires.
Brigades from Moorbel, Lockwood, Cargo, Torrington, Billimari, Chaucer and Toogong were joined by Kangaroo Flat, Waugoola, Walli Islands, Darbys Falls, Billimari, Mt MacDonald, Glen Logan and Woodstock all involved with bringing the fires under control.
Facing her first fire, Kangaroo Flat volunteer Lou-Anne Pech said it was “a bit daunting” but she was proud of all the brigades.
“I was scared at first, but we have such a good team that I knew everyone had my back,” she said.
“Everyone watches out for each other so I felt okay, I was really proud of the teamwork we had, not just within our brigade but with the other brigades there.
“It was good to consolidate and put it into practice all of our skills we learn in training each week,” she said.
Canobolas Operations Officer, Cameron Bird, said they received help from all over the state and the Orange crews were appreciative of the assistance.
“All shires that we cover were involved (in firefighting), they were very instrumental in helping us out,” he said.
“They helped out with airbase operations as well as firefighting, I don’t think there was a local brigade that didn’t turn out.
“Talking to the guys on the ground out there, the local guys a very appreciative of the turn out, we’ve had brigades from Canowindra, Cowra, Blayney, Cabonne and Orange as well as Parkes, Forbes and Condobolin.
“We’re very grateful to all those areas have come to the call for help.
“We’d like to give a big thanks to the brigades that helped from all of us here, especially those local guys, we sincerely appreciate it and hopefully we can help them out in return,” he said.
All RFS brigades are currently seeking volunteers, those interested in becoming a volunteer can contact their local rural fire brigade or visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/volunteer/Join-the-NSW-RFS