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RFSA appeals for community vigilance after tragic start to fire season

The NSW Rural Fire Service Association (RFSA), the representative association for the volunteers and staff of the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS), is appealing for public vigilance after a tragic start to the 2015/16 fire season. Extremely hot spring weather fuelled a number of bush fires across the nation, with the most devastating blazes occurring in Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales. RFSA President Ken Middleton said it was deeply tragic to see lives lost in each state. “Last week, we were extremely saddened to lose a volunteer fire fighter who was fighting the Stanford Merthyr fire near Cessnock, in the Hunter Valley ” said Mr Middleton. “This devastating news came in the wake of the deaths both in Western Australia and South Australia.” “I appeal for the community to be prudent and keep abreast of fire warnings and developments within their local area. “The men and women of the Service willingly put their lives at risk every time they respond to emergency calls and we want them to return safely to their families. “Each and every community across the state should be proud of their local Rural Fire Brigades as they get on with the job of protecting the community.” Mr Middleton said the public can assist rural fire fighters by having an adequate bush fire survival plan and always following the advice and instructions from the authorities. Information and advice on how to be prepared for the bush fire season is available at