Advance Gloucester will hold a meeting to acknowledge the service of RFS volunteers

Service from the sky: Rural Fire Service volunteers used Gloucester Showground as a base during the bushfires in February. Photo: Anne Keen.
Service from the sky: Rural Fire Service volunteers used Gloucester Showground as a base during the bushfires in February. Photo: Anne Keen.

Advance Gloucester has invited the community to attend an open meeting on July 19 in appreciation of the efforts of Rural Fire Service volunteers during the bushfires in the area in February this year.

Major blazes occurred in the Giro, Gloucester River and Terreel areas which resulted in the loss of one home and many others threatened. Numerous stock yards, many kilometres of fencing and tens of thousands of hectares of grazing country were wiped out.

NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) district coordinator inspector Max Ryan will give a presentation, featuring images and aerial footage captured by a surveillance helicopter during the fires.

He will also give an overview of the logistics and challenges involved in providing crews and appliances across all areas effected by bushfire on the Mid North Coast. 

Advance Gloucester is hopeful the event will prove interesting for members of the community who may not have been aware of the extent and severity of the blazes, which at one point closed the Thunderbolts Way for an extended period.

The event will be at the Gloucester Bowling Club, starting at 7.30pm. Supper will be provided by the RFS catering crew. The Giro bushfire burnt over 16,000 hectares of land and took almost a month to contain.