Fuming over firebugs

Emergency services anger at deliberately lit fires

Narrabri Fire and Rescue Station Commander Shane Bradford, police Inspector Robert Dunn, RFS fire investigator Noel Scales and RFS Namoi Gwydir district commander operations Scott Mack, seen here with a map of Sunday’s Boggabri fire, take a very dim view of those who deliberately light fires, especially in the current conditions.

It really doesn’t seem fair.

On Monday afternoon, after spending the previous day facing horrendous conditions fighting the Boggabri grass fire, then travelling straight down to Coolah to battle the even bigger fire there, local volunteer firefighters should have been enjoying a well-deserved rest, especially after only getting home in the morning.

Instead, they were called out to two grass fires along Stoney Creek Road.

The fires might have been miniscule compared to those they had just battled, and the firefighters great work saw them quickly extinguished, but the galling thing is both were deliberately lit.

And that has local emergency services angry.

They voiced their anger publicly today, warning they would crack down on firebugs.