RFS firefighters kept busy on deployments

ALTHOUGH thankfully there have been no major bushfire conflagrations on the Far South Coast, local Rural Fire Service volunteers have been very busy all summer.

STRIKE TEAM: RFS Eurobodalla Strike Team Alpha 57 at the Narooma fire station just before departing to Delegate on Wednesday included (from
right) David Keogh, Mick Marchini, Greg Hill, Gillian Kearney, Harry Gazhikian, Paul Page and others from Bingie and Surf Beach.

STRIKE TEAM: RFS Eurobodalla Strike Team Alpha 57 at the Narooma fire station just before departing to Delegate on Wednesday included (from right) David Keogh, Mick Marchini, Greg Hill, Gillian Kearney, Harry Gazhikian, Paul Page and others from Bingie and Surf Beach.

STAGING AREA: The Eurobodalla strike team at the staging area at the Delegate show ground.

STAGING AREA: The Eurobodalla strike team at the staging area at the Delegate show ground.

SCORCHED: The view from Dalmeny 9 of a scorched property at Cabanandra, Victoria south of Delegate where the Narooma area RFS strike team spent the day mopping up and blacking out.

SCORCHED: The view from Dalmeny 9 of a scorched property at Cabanandra, Victoria south of Delegate where the Narooma area RFS strike team spent the day mopping up and blacking out.

STOOD DOWN: The Eurobodalla RFS strike team is stood down at Delegate and prepares to come home.

STOOD DOWN: The Eurobodalla RFS strike team is stood down at Delegate and prepares to come home.

Starting back in August, RFS firefighters have travelled to assist with fires at the Blue Mountains, Tumut and most recently across the Victorian border.

Closer to home, RFS crews have assisted with the National Parks fires first at Buckyjumba and then at Jillicambra, both west of Narooma and Belowra.

Eurobodalla operations officer Russell Clark said last weekend a strike team from the Far South Coast was sent to assist Victorian firefighters in the Delegate area, while a second team went to Cann River.

Then on Wednesday last week, Eurobodalla sent a replacement strike team to Delegate while the Bega control centre sent a replacement team to Cann River.

The Eurobodalla Strike Team Alpha 57 consisting of volunteers from Narooma, Dalmeny, Tilba, Bingie and Surf Beach left Narooma station on Wednesday morning bound for the staging area at the Delegate show ground.

From there, each day they travelled across the border to protect property, mop up and black out in areas around Bendoc and Cabanandra.

The fire burned extremely hot and in some cases right up to residences on the isolated bush blocks.

The crews were stood down on Saturday after light rain fell throughout East Gippsland, but Clark said given the vast area of the fire while under control it would not be completely extinguished.