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Melbourne’s MFB covers Sydney Fire Stations

To many firefighters in NSW, the past week has flown by in a blur. It has been an extreme start to the bushfire season and so many have done what seems so ordinary to them, but extraordinary to others. They’ve put aside their own lives to go and help others in need and often from some distance away.

With large fires, it’s not uncommon for this assistance to come from interstate. Quite often we see specialists including Incident Management Team members flown in from other states. It’s also fairly common for bush fire brigade volunteers to send firefighters and tankers to assist at these large fires.

This week though, we saw something a lot less common. Melbourne’s MFB sent a number of pumpers to Sydney, and they weren’t tasked to the actual bushfire incident. Instead, they were sent to a number of City fire stations to standby and respond to run of the mill calls, allowing Fire & Rescue NSW to utilise their urban crews and appliances in the bushfire efforts.

As I understand it, 10 MFB Pumpers were sent to Sydney. Their crew of 4 on each pumper were split into a day and night shift. FRNSW joined them to create a crew of 2 MFB and 2 FRNSW firefighters on each shift. They responded to all calls as normal and these are reported to include at least one structure fire.

I managed to catch a few of these around shift change, as the FRNSW appliances were returning to station. The MFB crews should be heading home today, as the intensity of the bushfire crisis eases.

More images available here

1 City of Sydney
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3 The Rocks
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19 Silverwater
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22 Leichhardt
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23 Gladesville – the MFB Pumper was hiding behind the closed roller door
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Davidson Rural Fire Brigade Christmas Lights

Borgnis Street in Davidson is very well known for Christmas spirit. Some 18 years ago a handful of residents began decorating their homes with sparkling lights for the Christmas period. In more recent times, the entire street has become involved with vivid displays, attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year.

Davidson Rural Fire Brigade’s station is located at the entry to the street and has participated in the display for a number of years. The volunteer firefighters decorate the fire station with with a light display and each night in the lead up to Christmas, open the fire station to allow children to climb through the fire truck. Bush fire safety information is also provided to visitors and fundraising is conducted.

Rotary volunteers work with residents on the street to raise funds for Manly children’s hospice Bear Cottage

I was in attendance a week before Christmas this year to capture the excitement. Unfortunately the Brigade’s main tanker was called away to reports of a bush fire. After investigating the reports the tanker returned to continue the fun – the call was deemed a false alarm.

Firefighters are in attendance every night until Christmas, including Christmas Eve. Get along and meet them.

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Davidson Rural Fire Brigade (NSWRFS)

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Davidson Rural Fire Brigade (NSWRFS) -33.739993, 151.197443 Davidson Rural Fire Brigade Station (NSW Rural Fire Service)
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