Fire crews from Newcastle and Lake Macquarie were called to numerous bush and grass fires this past week, with motor vehicles accidents also featuring high on the response list. With this in mind, we urge everyone to remain cautious on the roads this holiday period. Slow down.
Rescue operators from Lambton were called on Tuesday to help paramedics extricate a mountain bike rider from Glenrock state conservation area. The male had suspected spinal injuries after falling from his bike. The crew prepared the patient for moving and, using specialist equipment, carried the rider about 400 metres through the bush to an ambulance.
Fire did not take a break on Christmas day with firefighters called to a Stockton house. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building, removed a female occupant and extinguished the fire. Paramedics treated the woman for severe burns and she was taken to hospital by helicopter.
Saturday night was busy for the crew at Holmesville fire station with multiple car fires reported within three hours in Cameron Park and Barnsley. Firefighters quickly extinguished each fire before they could spread
On New Year's Eve, crews from Newcastle were deployed to Blue Haven, on the Central Coast, to help fight fast-growing bushfires. At Wangi Wangi, several units worked throughout the night to contain a major bushfire.