Ps - it is raining quite a bit here now, so it must be in Lithgow - I wonder if it will have any impact?
I'm in Vic so not effected but the people from our office in Syd couldn't get home and had to stay at the office over night, their house was fine but it came very close. It is so so scary
I'm in penrith and it's overcast but no rain yet.
I have a question, I know the NSWFB defend houses and do rescues and the RFS fight bush fires, however the RFS defend houses as well, so I don't get why NSWFB are paid and RFS are not? Excuse my ignorance but I would think bush fires would be a lot more dangerous than building fires, so I really wish RFS would get paid! They are entitled to community services leave which is just unpaid leave from work, so basically they're saving our houses, potentially losing their own houses and not making any money - it doesn't make sense :-( my dad used to be in the RFS but he was semi-retired and did it when he wasn't working, but there were plenty of members at his station who were young with families and jobs, it just seems unfair to me... Sorry a little OT!
I think that's a valid point - perhaps a flat rate pay for a day's work. There would be too much paper work involved probably in assessing if people are currently employed and missing out on pay and how much (would cost more and take longer to process too and then would have to find more money to employ people to do so).
Maybe it could be part of tax or centrelink.
Little Ted (22-10-2013)
We have had some rain this afternoon and luckily it didnt get as hot as predicted.
Tomorrow isnt looking good. Hopefully it doesnt get as bad as they are predicting. Very nervous wait being anywhere near the bush with such extreme conditions.
Hope everyone stays safe. The firies are doing an amazing job.
Some friends and family in the mountains have been to local RFS community meetings tonight and have been told tomorrow if they're not planning to stay and defend, to get out before 10am. So scary.
If the fire gets out of hand it could be very close to MILs place where my daughter will be tomorrow. I'm going to strongly encourage her to spend the day at my place which is on the other side of the river so is extremely unlikely to be affected.
My thoughts are with everyone who is in the affected areas. Please remember that material possessions can be re-bought but you can not!!
It has started pouring rain here, so hopefully they'll get some. Do they do helicopter water drops at night?
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