Fleurieu Peninsula firefighters fly to Glen Innes, New South Wales to help on bushfire battlegrounds

A large group of firefighters from across the Fleurieu Peninsula have been an essential part of fighting the catastrophic bushfires in New South Wales and give their interstate counterparts a reprieve.

Since mid-October, Country Fire Service (CFS), Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS), and National Parks firefighters were sent to help at Glen Innes.

Craig Walker (Yankalilla), Benjamin Gibson (Blackfellows Creek), Shane Wade and Susan Mervin (Hindmarsh Valley), Philip Sargent (Goolwa), Allan Pomery (Port Elliot) and Maria Marsh (Currency Creek) all went to New South Wales in October.

This month the locals deployed have included Janet Alexander, Robert Hartill and Philip Sargent (Goolwa), Allan Pomery (Port Elliot), Craig Taylor (Blackfellows Creek), Anthony Baker (Mount Compass), Jeremiah Doecke (Clayton), and Craig Hann (Currency Creek).

This was after some crews drove South Australian fire trucks and other appliances over to New South Wales, having left Monday morning, November 11.

Among the appliances were trucks from Yankalilla, driven by Phil Druce and Tim Armstrong, Mount Compass, driven by Paul Cook and Anthony Baker, and Kyeema, driven by Steven Hunt and Bill Alexopolous.

The brigades offering their trucks were given other trucks to use in the event of an emergency, but allowed the best resources to be at the worst fires.

There has been about 500 personnel from South Australia who have lent their skills to the New South Wales fire fighting effort, with about 150 still on the scene.