Local firies itching to help

WITH her husband, two sons and nephew braving the fires in Victoria, it is understandable if Lynne Carr is a nervous wreck.

While the Maclean resident readily admits to being concerned, her faith in her family's firefighting abilities and her pride in their actions gave her peace of mind.

“They are well trained ... they've been away before, they went to Narrabri a couple of years ago,” she said.

“They just want to help other firefighters down, Australians band together.”

Lynne's 19-year-old son Brenden and her nephew Joshua, 18, flew down to Melbourne on Saturday, along with 81 other Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers from the north of the State.

Yesterday, she also farewelled her eldest son Jonathan, 21, who came down from Brisbane to help. Her husband Mark, the fire captain of Gulmarrad RFS, is also part of the team down in Victoria.

She said other Lower Clarence locals, including Paul Watts and Nick Clarke, had dropped everything to fly down at 24 hours notice, while other volunteer firefighters were itching to go down if required.

RFS Clarence Valley district manager Brett Condie said 30 volunteer firefighters from Gulmarrad, Southampton, Iluka, Lawrence, Ashby, Glenugie and Halfway Creek had flown to Healesville to consolidate and establish control lines for fires burning in that area.

In addition, five Clarence Valley staff members were in Victoria to help coordinate the RFS response.

“There are still fires that need to be contained,” Mr Condie said.

He said volunteers would work on a five day roster, including a day to travel each way, while contingency planning is underway to send more local firefighters south if required.

Some firefighters, including Lynne's son Brenden and her nephew Joshua return home today.

Valley help

Firefighters from the following RFS units have flown to Healesville, Victoria:

  •  Gulmarrad
  •  Southampton
  •  Iluka
  •  Lawrence
  •  Ashby
  •  Glenugie
  •  Halfway Creek


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