Locals battle Queensland fires

Colac CFA district six operations manager Mark Gunning is among three Colac district emergency servicepeople working on the Queensland bushfire emergency this week.

Three Colac district emergency servicepeople have flown north to help tackle Queensland’s bushfire emergency.

Colac Country Fire Authority district six operations manager Mark Gunning and brigade administration support officer Betty Robilliard arrived at Rockhampton on Wednesday afternoon to support Queensland’s emergency services battle up to 70 fires.

Larpent resident and Parks Victoria’s Sandra Robinson is one of seven Parks employees in Queensland working at the fires.

They join former Colac CFA captain and paramedic and current Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford.

“We’ll be working in the central region, which is from Rockhampton on the coast, right through to the South Australian border,” Mr Gunning said.

“I don’t know exactly what fires just yet that we’ll be working on, but Betty will work as a public information officer, and I’m working as a regional controller, so rather than just one fire, I’ll look after a patch.

“We’re travelling to work five days straight, from 8am ‘til 8pm, and travel back next Tuesday.”

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