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Heroic firefighters praised

Local RFS volunteers and Fire and Rescue firefighters certainly went above and beyond the call of duty during and after the Boggabri fire on Sunday

Firefighters at work during the Boggabri fire.

You would have thought that after spending a scorching hot afternoon and evening in 45 degree-plus temperatures fighting a massive grass fire near Boggabri, the first thing for local firefighters to do would be to go home and perhaps have a cold drink and a colder shower.
In some cases you would be wrong.
After a tremendous effort near Boggabri in what were described as horrendous conditions for fighting fires, several teams headed straight for the even more devastating blaze in the Dunedoo-Coolah area.
“They went down to help there,” said Namoi Gwydir RFS Superintendent Michael Brooks.
“They slept in their trucks and came back in the early hours of Monday morning.
“You’ve got to take your hat off to them, it was a magnificent effort.”
One of the aftermaths of the Dunedoo fire was the smoke that enveloped Narrabri on Monday, which was pushed up from there by the south westerly change.
Many firefighters from Boggabri through to Myall Vale (Wee Waa) and points between and beyond had prepared for the ‘catastrophic’ fire conditions of the weekend by manning stations from Saturday morning, ready to go for any incident.
Superintendent Brooks also paid tribute to the close-knit Boggabri community for its efforts in helping firefighters locally.