Tweed firies heading south to lend a hand

TWEED firefighters will likely travel south to help battle Victoria's Hazelwood open cut coal mine fire, resulting in a "logistical nightmare" for our district authorities.

NSW Fire and Rescue Tweed Heads Station Officer Steve Sharp said Tweed firefighting vehicles and accompanying staff would likely head down to Victoria in coming days.

At this stage, SO Sharp said he did not know how many of his men would be going, but that getting the vehicles and men there quickly would be quite a task.

"About 10 of our appliances will probably go down to make up 200 called in from across NSW," he said.

"It's a logistical nightmare really. You've got to get the men and the equipment down by road or plane and you wonder exactly how many men you'll need to send.

"And it means we lose guys from duties around here."

Still, SO Sharp was glad his Victorian counterparts were getting some help to battle the blaze.

The raging fire at the mine has the worrying potential to affect power supply across Victoria if infrastructure is damaged.

Fire and Rescue NSW posted this message on its Twitter account about 3pm on Wednesday:
30 f/fighters head to Victoria today - first of around 200 to be deployed over the next 2 wks to assist Vic f/fighters.



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