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NSW fireys help out
A contingent of firefighters from NSW headed home last week following a six day deployment in Geelong, having provided some much-appreciated additional manpower during the season's most significant spell of high fire danger.
Personnel from the NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and National Parks stepped into roles at the Geelong Incident Control Centre (ICC), easing pressure on CFA District 7 and allowing more resources to be put into the field.
Leading the NSW group was District manager Kevin Adams, who said that the interstate visitors had had no trouble slotting in to the centre given the similarities in emergency control arrangements throughout Australia.
“It’s a great idea. Whenever there’s an emergency or a prolonged period of fire danger you never have as many people around as you’d ideally like,” he said.
“Only a few months ago we had CFA helping us with fires in the Blue Mountains, so it was good to give back.
“There’s a good crew down here, we’ve been welcomed and supported and looked after,” said Kevin.
“Everyone has stepped up to the plate.”