Working together

Volunteers from many organisations have helped firefighters and farmers during and after the Cobbler Road fire threat.

The Binalong Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) has been travelling through the burnt country this week to check on the welfare of those impacted.

The VRA regional coordinator southeastern, Debra Scanes, said the crew had a personal connection to those they went to speak to.

“Some of them are retired members of our squad,” she said.

The team spent part of this week dropping off and picking up forms from farmers to gather information about the true impact of the fire.

Ms Scanes said the families told the VRA how pleased they were to see somebody checking on them.

“Each person we stopped and we spoke to had a different story.”

She said from a visit to the fire ground the crew could see how intense the blaze had been, and how deeply it had impacted on everybody.

The SES has been on hand throughout the disaster, providing assistance for the firefighters and farmers.

Along with the VRA, the SES helped deliver and collect the all-important damage assessment survey.

The SES also provided equipment such as a cool room to help look after the hundreds of volunteers on the ground. They were also able to resupply the staging area when needed.

During the most height of the fire threat, the SES sent a crew out in a boat to Burrinjuck Waters to check on residents that may have been cut off by the fire.

SES controller Bob Buffington praised the work of his volunteers.

“They all did what was expected of them and they all carried out their orders with high professionalism.”

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