FIRE FIGHTER DIES AT HUNTER BUSHFIRE

In some tragic news, the Rural Fire Service has confirmed a volunteer fire fighter has died while fighting a bushfire near Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley.

In a statement, the RFS says the man was working on the fire at Stanford Merthyr when he had a suspected heart attack this evening.

Fellow volunteers provided medical assistance, including the use of a defibrillator, until paramedics arrived.

Sadly, he passed away on route to John Hunter Hospital.

NSW RFS Commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons, says the death is a tragic reminder of the dangers faced by all members.

“This is a terrible tragedy, where somebody who has gone to assist the community in its time of need, has paid the ultimate sacrifice,” he said.

“Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the member’s family, fellow brigade members, and colleagues.”

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