NSW Fire Brigade assistant commissioner Bob Dobson, right, and Maclean Fire Brigade Captain Col Barnard.
NSW Fire Brigade assistant commissioner Bob Dobson, right, and Maclean Fire Brigade Captain Col Barnard.

Fire chief salutes his heroes

By JURIS GRANEY

NSW Fire Brigade assistant commissioner Bob Dobson has lauded the efforts of all firies who fought the boulevarde blaze in Maclean last Monday.

On a quick stopover in Maclean yesterday, the Sydney-based Mr Dobson said firemen had to contend with severe conditions and did well to save the other businesses around the now-demolished section of historic buildings.

"I have seen the pictures, and I have to say that everyone of the men that were here did a great job in saving the rest of the block," Mr Dobson said.

"It was a very quick running fire ... and with the condition of the building, old timber and common roof, it was very difficult.

"The quick response by Maclean and then to have the other brigades here, two from Grafton, and one from Yamba, was excellent.

"Plus you had the Rural Fire Service brigades here as well ... a great effort."

Mr Dobson said with the lack of clear access to the old building and the closeness of the other buildings, things could have got a lot worse.

"Just look at how close the bottle shop (Maclean Cellars) was to the fire," he said.

"That is just 200mm to 300mm and that business survived.

"These men put in a lot of effort and shows that their training and skills is as good as it gets.

"You never really see these men (Maclean brigade) until something like this happens in your town but they are also doing a lot of service to the community in other ways and should be congratulated."



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