THE fire at Deans Gap which threatened Sussex Inlet and scores of properties has brought back a flood of memories of the Christmas bushfires of 2001 and 2002.
It also served to remind of the enormous contribution made by our many citizens who serve with the Rural Fire Service in many of the brigades of our towns and villages.
While many of us watched the drama unfold on television from the comfort of our homes, selfless volunteers who make up the RFS were sacrificing sleep, comfort and the company of their families to protect us.
We owe them, not only for their efforts over the last few weeks but for their selfless contribution each and every year as they train and hone their skills to protect us.
Not only should we be grateful for what they have done this time around, we should be grateful that they will continue to stand and protect long after the fires are extinguished.
Take a pause to think about what they do and then show your gratitude by supporting them in their efforts.
Joanna Gash, Mayor