Local fire crews continued to be deployed to the state's north this week to assist with the bushfire effort. Along with more than a dozen fire fighters working on the fire line, several senior officers travelled up the coast to fill roles in incident management teams.
With fire conditions easing, Hunter fire fighters were expecting a reprieve. However, storm activity across the region caused a spike in call outs for fallen trees and powerlines. We remind members of the public to stay clear of both fallen power lines and storm damaged trees. Call 000 and await the arrival of emergency services. For more information on how to best prepare yourself and your property against storms, visit ses.nsw.gov.au
Fire and Rescue again played a role in the Newcastle Supercars event. Crews from Newcastle and Cardiff were positioned inside the event precinct to provide fire coverage, while senior officers were attached to the emergency services command centre.
Two fire fighters reached remarkable milestones this month. Station Officer Peter Butler hung up his helmet for the last time after a 36-year career. We wish Peter a happy retirement. Not to be outdone, Station Officer Bob McDonald notched up 50 years of service, which is an outstanding effort. Bob continues to share his knowledge with fellow fire fighters. We thank both Peter and Bob for their dedication to Fire and Rescue and the NSW community.