THERE can be no better display of teamwork in the face of an impending disaster than what happened at Basin View on New Year's Eve.
The Basin View Rural Fire Service Brigade needed a hand to save the village and it came in droves.
On New Year's Eve the Currowan fire, fuelled by a strong southerly change, impacted villages of Wandandian and Bewong.
The result for Basin View was the fire jumped Bewong Creek and began burning in the Corramy Regional Park.
The park abuts both John and Harris Streets in Basin View and it's also where the Masonic Retirement Village stands.
Given a southerly or south-westerly wind, the park could have also provided the fire with a free run straight through to the greater Bay and Basin.
Captain of the Basin View RFS Gary Creer was open to suggestions.
"On New Year's Day I was approached by the captains and deputy captains from Tomerong, Wandandian and St Georges Basin brigades," Mr Creer said.
"They all had the same message which was 'Gaz we need to put a burn-in to take out the Corramy Regional Park'.
"The experience and knowledge of these individuals about the local area and the planning required to undertake the burn were, in my opinion, second to none.
"The strategic burn behind John and Harris Streets and the retirement village was achieved with effective planning by these bridges with support from many others, including local crews, Fire and Rescue NSW, and strike teams from Queensland and the Northern Territory."
The backburn worked.
"The burn and others that followed over a two week period were put in place to reduce the chance of fire spreading from the western side of the Princes Highway," Mr Creer said
"In my opinion and that of those with years of local firefighting experience those burns saved Basin View and the greater Bay and Basin area from impact in the day that followed."
Mr Creer would like to extend thanks to his fellow firefighters.
He would like to thank Doug Schutz (Tomerong Captain), Casey Addison (Tomergong Senior Deputy Captain), Dennis Stannard (Wandandian Captain), Michelle Thornley (St Georges Basin Captain) and Tommy Tait (St Georges Basin Senior Deputy Captain).
"I would personally like to those individuals and their brigades for their skill, tireless commitment, friendship and teamwork," Mr Creer said.