By EMMA CORNFORD
THE GLENUGIE Rural Fire Service has issued a challenge.
It has donated $100 to the Coonamble Mayor Fire Appeal and challenged every other RFS in New South Wales to do the same.
Glenugie RFS member Ted Northwood, who issued the challenge, said he hoped other services would get behind the appeal, which was established after three children lost their parents and a sibling in a housefire in the north-western NSW town of Tooraweenah.
"Losing children in a house fire is really our worst nightmare ... and I think (other services) should give something because that family lived 50km out of town and no-one could get to that fire," he said.
"The money is to help with the education and well-being of the kids and we just wanted to help."
Glenugie RFS captain Bruce Tom said contributing to the fund was 'in the spirit' of the RFS.
"We go interstate with a lot of our training and that kind of thing and we've had members go to around that area ... and we know what it's like being out there," he said.
"When the alarm goes off for a structural fire it's always at the back of your mind that people could die and they could be family members, so for our response team it's very important to be there when rescues can still take place."
Cheques for the fund can be made payable to the Coonamble Mayor Fire Appeal and can be deposited at any Commonwealth Bank.