The technical rescue crew from Lambton were called to an aged-care facility in Merewether on Friday to help a resident remove two rings from her finger. This type of incident is classed as a rescue and is fairly common. Often when people injure a finger the resulting swelling can make any rings impossible to remove. This can cause significant pain and become a medical emergency. Rescue operators have many techniques and tools to safely remove rings. In most cases, we are able to do this with minimal or no damage to the ring.
On Tuesday firefighters from Toronto and hazardous materials specialists from Newcastle responded to an oil spill on Lake Macquarie at Toronto. First arriving crews requested assistance from NSW Rural Fire Service, and specially trained volunteers responded in their fire boat from Wyee Point. Fire and Rescue NSW Hazmat specialists were then taken by the boat to inspect the small oil slick and, in consultation with EPA representatives, determined how best to make the area safe and stop further environmental damage. This was an excellent display of multiple agencies working well together to achieve the best outcome.
These were just two of the vast variety of incidents that NSW Fire and Rescue attends to. Have you ever considered a career as a firefighter ? Do you think you are prepared for anything? Fire and Rescue NSW permanent firefighter recruitment starts on July 24. Details: fire.nsw.gov.au