Tweed firies help clean flood mess
TWEED'S firefighters have swapped from hosing down flames to cleaning mud and debris.
Permanent, retained and rural firefighters from the area were eager to get their hands dirty and help with the massive flood recovery effort in Brisbane.
Rural Fire Service Far North Coast superintendent Matt Inwood said 28 volunteers and six trucks from the region have been deployed throughout the city to help.
“We had a lot of people show interest in going up to assist,” Supt Inwood said.
“That's what these people do all the time.
“What they're seeing up there is nothing short of devastating.”
Supt Inwood said the teams are working in industrial areas on the north side of Brisbane, near Milton.
“They're predominantly hosing out buildings and the likes in that area and assisting with rubbish removal,” he said.
“They're going from house to house and assisting where they can.
“Trying to get people back to normality and get rid of the mud.”
The firefighters have been working since Sunday and are sleeping in a sports complex.
“At this stage the crews will be up there for five days and then we'll look at doing a crew changeover,” Supt Inwood said. “There's a lot of work for all the emergency services working in that area.”
Tweed Heads Fire Station Officers Chris Perrin said four crews and a taskforce made up of permanent and retained firefighters from Tweed, Ballina, Brunswick and Lismore were also helping out.