Volunteers fight hundreds of fires in 100 days
For more than 100 days, volunteer firefighters have been battling hundreds of blazes in the region and surrounds.
Since 1 September, NSW RFS volunteers have attended more than 500 incidents in various local government areas such as Armidale.
Superintendent David Hoadley, Northern Tablelands Fire Control Centre incident controller, praised the efforts of NSW RFS volunteers and other emergency services personnel for their dedication to protecting local communities.
"A majority of the 500-plus incidents have been bush and grass fires burning in remote areas,” he said.
“They have required a large ongoing commitment of people and equipment, including aircraft.
“It's been an incredible team effort from our volunteers, incident management teams and other agencies who have been working tirelessly to limit the damage from these large and destructive fires in difficult weather conditions."
Superintendent Hoadley said it was important for residents to remember that this was no ordinary bush fire season and to have a completed and practiced Bush Fire Survival Plan so they know what to do in the event of a fire.
"The crippling effects of the drought, hot weather and strong winds have seen fires develop quickly and impacted on lives, farms, businesses, homes and communities," he said.
"Ongoing dry conditions mean there will be continue to be intense fires this season; so now is the time to get ready, make a plan, and have a conversation with your family."
NSW RFS volunteers have been assisted by personnel from Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW State Emergency Service, NSW Ambulance, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Forestry Corporation of NSW, and various other interstate fire and parks agencies.
Further assistance has also been provided by Canadian firefighters, Incident Management Teams and aviation experts from Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and British Columbia Wildfire Service.
Visit www.myfireplan.com.au for advice on making a bush fire survival plan.