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The bush fire season in 2019/2020 was the most destructive in NSW history.
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A tribute to firefighters

On Saturday night, 11 January 2020, the famous sails of the Sydney Opera House were lit up in a special tribute.

While there were many people, agencies, groups and members of the community involved in the 2019/2020 firefighting effort, this was a special recognition for NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers who have worked so hard to protect communities.



Imagine your house was saved by a crew of volunteer firefighters. How would you like to thank them?

Hey Firestormers!

Volunteers are an important part of the social fabric in Australia.

  • Fire experiences,
  • Major bush fires,
  • Respond,
  • Black Summer 2019/2020


One year on from the 2019/2020 summer catastrophic bushfires, the Central Coast Council took time to say ‘thank you’ to the volunteers, frontline workers and residents who helped to protect the community and give back during one of the most devastating natural disasters the Coast has ever seen. The bush fires of summer 2019/20 will leave a lasting impact on us all. As we hear the unique stories of 15 courageous locals who gave so much during this time, one common theme shines through: the strength, resilience and spirit of the Central Coast community.

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