A strike team gathered in Heathcote last week before heading off to help firefighting efforts in NSW and north-east Victoria.By Brownyn Beyers
Heathcote was treated to an impressive sight last week when a District Two strike team gathered at the fire station.
The group included the forward command vehicle from Maldon and five tankers from Elphinstone, Romsey, Kyneton, Campbell’s Creek and Mandurang that were all heading off to Wodonga to help with firefighting efforts in NSW and north east Victoria.
The team was briefed at the Heathcote fire station on Tuesday by district two operations officer John Francis and strike team leader Alan Shephard, while district mechanical officers were in attendance to go over the tankers and make sure they were mechanically fit for the task ahead of them.
At the time of their departure from Heathcote, there were more than 100 fires burning across NSW with more hot, windy conditions forecast leading into the weekend.
Residents, fellow volunteer firefighters and family members were also present to see the team off, sending with them the best wishes of the entire district.
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