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Firefighters kept busy on roads

Broken Hill firefighters were spending more time out of NSW last Friday having to attend three motor vehicle emergencies in one day.

The first occurred at 9am around 120 km south-west, near Olary, where a person was trapped in a vehicle and needed rescuing.

Apparently, the vehicle had left the road and collided with a guard rail.

It then continued and finally ended up in a creek bed. The female driver’s feet were trapped by the damage to the vehicle.

Firefighters stabilised the vehicle and used hydraulic rescue tools to open the van and release the driver.

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Ambulance NSW treated the driver on-site and then transferred her to the Far West Local Health Service.

Firefighters were assisted by the Rural Fire Service and South Australian Police.

At 4pm on the same day, Broken Hill Fire and Rescue (BHFR) attended a hazardous materials incident when a road train developed a puncture to its fuel tank and began leaking diesel.

Around 100 litres of diesel escaped into the environment but the BHFR contained the diesel and limited the environmental impact.

At 11pm, rounding off the day of motor vehicle accidents, the BHFR again attended a cross border emergency.

This time a car had side-swiped a truck coming off second best.

The BHFR assisted with clean up procedures and helped the occupant.

Don Peters, Broken Hill Station Officer, said that at all times Broken Hill was left covered by firefighters.

He said that the South Fire Station still needs more retained firefighters. These are the non permanent firefighters that can work in other jobs and are called out to help fight fires. They are paid for their services.

Mr Peters said people should look to the website of the Broken Hill Fire and Rescue Facebook pages for a link to apply.

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