Murwillumbah crews join fire-fighting efforts in NSW
Update, 2.32pm: A Tweed Heads fire truck and crew also left to help battle the Blue Mountains fires about 6am yesterday morning.
Initial report, 2.00pm: TWO Murwillumbah fire trucks with crews left for Sydney this morning to help tackle the disastrous fires in the Blue Mountains.
Fire and Rescue NSW yesterday ordered one of the largest mobilisations of fire engines and personnel in the history of the organisation in response to the crisis.
More than 200 fire officers from across regional NSW will join 16 units and 70 fire officers based in the Blue Mountains, off duty fire officers, reserve fleet engines and fire crews from suburban Sydney.
"The Blue Mountains and surrounding communities could be facing a bushfire threat on a scale that has not been experienced before. As such, FRNSW will be at maximum capacity and will work shoulder to shoulder with NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers to protect lives and property in mountain communities," Fire and Rescue NSW commissioner Greg Mullins said.
The only other times that a similar mobilisation took place was during the 1994 bushfire emergencies, and the 1997 Sydney hail storm disaster.