Currowan bushfire - Narooma's all-girl crew

BAPTISM OF FIRE: Zhoe Hart, Jane Taylor, Julie Hinchey and Sophie Taylor rushed to help fight the Currowan blaze on December 5.

BAPTISM OF FIRE: Zhoe Hart, Jane Taylor, Julie Hinchey and Sophie Taylor rushed to help fight the Currowan blaze on December 5.

Two women who had never fought a bushfire rushed to help in the Currowan fire and found themselves part of an all-women crew - including a mother and daughter.

Part of the Eurobodalla strike team, the Narooma Rural Fire Service continues to help battle the out-of-control blaze.

Narooma RFS captain Sophie Taylor has coordinated crews of four for night shifts.

"They start at 3pm and come home at about 4-4.30am.

On Thursday, Decenber 5, coincidentally, four women formed a crew.

To go straight from training to fighting a fire was nerve-racking.

Sophie Taylor

"It just happened to fall in place," Ms Taylor said.

"I am fairly certain it is Narooma's first all-woman crew to attend a fire.

"Crews are made up, depending on who is available and the level of qualifications."

The crew included Ms Taylor and her mother Jane, Zhoe Hart and Julie Hinchey.

It was Ms Hart and Ms Hinchey's first fire on one of the most "horrendous" days.

"To go straight from training to fighting a fire was nerve-racking for them," Ms Taylor said.

"I was also a bit nervous, because I was in charge of them, but they performed extremely well.

"They both said it was a real eye opener - coming straight from their firefighting course into the real thing - they learnt a lot."

The all-woman crew of Narooma Rural Fire Service face the Currowan fire on Thursday, December 5.

The all-woman crew of Narooma Rural Fire Service face the Currowan fire on Thursday, December 5.

The crew was sent to South Durras to control spot fires near a caravan park.

"The southerly soon hit and gave us relief," she said.

The crew moved to the Princes Highway to protect properties.

Narooma RFS captain Sophie Taylor, Jane Taylor, Zhoe Hart and Julie Hinchey.

Narooma RFS captain Sophie Taylor, Jane Taylor, Zhoe Hart and Julie Hinchey.

"There was a shed lost, but nothing extreme," Ms Taylor said.

To finish their shift, they positioned themselves on the Kings Highway, patrolling for breaches in the containment line.

Ms Taylor said it was scary heading into extreme fire conditions, but was undeterred.

"Once you're there, you don't think about it," she said.

"When you're faced with something, you just get in there and get it done."

She said women can complete the same qualifications as men and hoped more will join.

"I work with a bunch of blokes - at the end of the day they have your back whether they are male for female."

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