Fireys to the rescue

By ANNE-MARIE BEATTIE

A TEAM of Coffs Harbour firefighters have spent their long weekend helping people affected by the wild storms that have lashed the Central Coast.

Arriving at the declared disaster zone on Saturday, the four local firefighters have spent the past two days assisting in evacuating homes in the Raymond Terrace area threatened by rising floodwaters.

They have also provided support for the SES, including help with damaged houses, motor vehicle accidents and fallen powerlines.

Coffs Harbour Fire Brigade captain, David Spagnolo, said he received the call for help at 8.40am on Saturday.

He quickly got a crew together and sent them in a tanker to Port Macquarie to assemble.

Part of a 20-man strike team that also includes firefighters from Kempsey and Port Macquarie, they were deployed to the northern side of the Hunter River to control flooding.

Mr Spagnolo said he had spoken to his team and that they all remained safe. He said a decision would be taken today whether to send the team home or if another crew from Coffs Harbour was needed.

"We are often called upon for help in serious situations like this," Mr Spagnolo said.

"Our guys are doing a great job and will keep providing assistance while needed."



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