Eight Broken Hill firefighters have been given awards of Appreciation by NSW Police Force in recognition of their assistance in a dangerous situation that involved fire, petrol and allegedly weapons.
Fires, hazardous materials and helping trapped people out of tricky situations is run of the mill for their job.
Confronting hostile situations with the threat of weapons on top of fires and hazardous materials adds another level to the bravery they show.
In an extremely volatile situation, the Broken Hill Fire and Rescue were called out to attend a scene where there were possibly numerous people trapped in a building on fire.
When they arrived the fire had already taken hold of the main entrance to the house with flames exiting the front door.
The firefighters waited for the ok by the police before they could even begin fighting the fire.
The firefighters understood there was possibly more than one person inside and one of them may be armed and hostile.
They initially fought the fire from the front and then another crew went to the rear of the house to take on the fire from behind.
Firefighters do not have bullet proof vests and when they entered the building they only had their normal firefighting equipment as well as their air supply through their masks.
Station Officer Don Peters had the men enter only up to three metres at all times yelling out “We’re firefighters, we’re just putting out the fire. We’re firefighters.”
The fireys managed to extinguish the fire, it was established that only one person was left in the house and the others had safely evacuated.
The police could then enter and negotiate with the remaining person, who was allegedly armed, to leave the premises.
Station Officer Don Peters, Firefighters Ian Sanderson, Saraiha Rakete, Joel Bartley, Acting Captain Chad Bergensen, Deputy Captain Peter Hatzi, Acting Captain South Fire Station Hamish Wood, and Retained Firefighter David Bearman received the awards at The NSW Police Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, July 6th.
Pictured are Station Officer Don Peters and Joel Bartley.