The Hunter has recently gained a wealth of experience and expertise with the appointment of Station Officer Todd Amos to Cessnock Fire Station.
Station Officer Amos began his distinguished career with Fire and Rescue NSW more than 24 years ago as a retained firefighter at Morpeth Fire Station.
He was promoted to deputy captain before transferring to Sydney as a permanent firefighter.
He has now come full circle, returning to the Hunter and successfully interviewing for the station officer's position at Cessnock.
Station Officer Amos said he was pleased to be back in the Hunter
"I was stationed at City of Sydney fire station, the busiest in the country, for several years," he said.
"Cessnock isn't far behind however.
"We've been flat out since I arrived."
"House fires have increased significantly this winter.
"After every fire we now provide information and visit houses in the local area to implement our Home Fire Safety Check program.
"We check smoke alarms, offer advice and help residents formulate Home Escape Plans."
In other news, on Wednesday Newcastle and Lambton firefighters rescued a female driver at Cooks Hill who had driven her car off an embankment.
Firefighters used a winch to stabilise the vehicle, before releasing the driver.
She was transported to hospital.