NSW RFS volunteers, Dean Dobrilla, John Kennedy, Michael Covell, Peter Le Breton and NSW Parks and Wildlife volunteers Bill Clancy and Jeremy Link are set to lend a hand to their Tasmanian counterparts.
NSW RFS volunteers, Dean Dobrilla, John Kennedy, Michael Covell, Peter Le Breton and NSW Parks and Wildlife volunteers Bill Clancy and Jeremy Link are set to lend a hand to their Tasmanian counterparts. Kathryn Lewis

Clarence Valley volunteer firies lending a hand

CLARENCE Valley volunteers headed off on Saturday as the latest crew going south to help out their counterparts fight fires in Tasmania.

Clarence Valley Rural Fire Service member Dean Dobrilla is on his second rotation, having just returned from Tasmania on Tuesday.

"Peter, Michael and I were down there a week ago, there have been a number of Clarence Valley volunteers who have done multiple deployments," he said.

"We are here to support the community, it doesn't matter to us what community that is."

Fires blazing in Tasmania are now in their 46th day, and more volunteers are expected to be needed to lend a hand for the next month.

"This is a really long, drawn out campaign," he said.

"That is because of two factors; the difficult terrain and the weather conditions.

"Normally the guys in Tasmania only start to worry about their fire season at the beginning of February, so this is really something incredible."

The six volunteers from around the Clarence region are just a few of more than 50 emergency services workers from throughout New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory who were deployed to areas throughout Tasmania on Saturday.

The boys will land in Hobart and be sent off to wherever needs help the most.

Mr Dobrilla said the work will be "wide and varied" with some groups heading out to do remote winching work, and others supporting local bases.

"The most important thing to remember is that we are there to help add up the numbers and keep people safe," he said.

Having travelled across the world to help fight fires, Mr Dobrilla said he is glad he can help out somewhere closer to home.



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