THE grateful residents of Orange have paid their respects to the firefighters on the scene of the Mount Canobolas blaze.
NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) crews, along with other firefighters and volunteers from across the state, have been on the fire’s front line since Saturday, putting their hours of training and undoubted courage to the test to make sure the region’s residents and properties remain safe.
Their efforts have not gone unnoticed, with many businesses offering an array of provisions to keep crews fed and hydrated over the past few days.
Now residents have swamped the Central Western Daily’s website and Facebook page to pay tribute to the brave RFS staff and volunteers.
“Thank you to each and every person involved: Firies, information checkpoints, emergency response teams, the pilots of all aircraft, and communications,” Liz Hammond wrote.
“Thank you, we really need you.”
Sarah Thomas acknowledged the hard work involved.
“Without your hard work and skill many of us wouldn’t have such peace of mind,” she said.
“Keep it up legends, you guys rock.”
Rowena Livingstone recognised the families of those with loved ones helping with the fire.
“It would be so hard seeing those you love walk out the door to help fight fires and hope they are safe,” she said.
Julse Kropp said her home was saved due to firefighters’ “relentless” efforts.
“Thank you incredible people for absolutely everything,” she said.
Dale Lee spoke of his parents’ experience.
“Thank you for all you have done and continue to do so that my parents’ house remains safe,” he said.
“We can never thank you all enough.”
Christine Dean Smith said donations had been important.
“A heartfelt thank you to all those who have donated items to help, like eye-wash, food, water, sleeping items, tractors, dozers and planes. You are doing an awesome job,” she said.
Kellie Pickering pointed out there were not only RFS crews on the ground.
“Thanks to everyone involved, including the Forestry NSW and National Parks and Wildlife crews – you're all doing an amazing job.”