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Baptism of fire for North Macksville RFS's first ever all-female crew

North Macksville RFS fielded its first ever all-female crew on the weekend and on Sunday you could say they had their baptism of fire!

As their first job of the day, the five strong crew of volunteers headed off in the Cat 1 to a Hazard Reduction Burn at Gumma ...

BUT... just as they were about to leave, they were called to a Motor Vehicle Accident at Nambucca Heads, where a person was trapped in a car ...

BUT ... they were stood down just before arrival ...

SO ... they headed back to Hazard Reduction Burn ...

FIRST EVER ALL FEMALE CREW: Lucy Howard, Indi Lipscombe, Paulla Brownhill (Captain), Selina Crowe (chainsaw operator) and Teresa Dupond (driver)

FIRST EVER ALL FEMALE CREW: Lucy Howard, Indi Lipscombe, Paulla Brownhill (Captain), Selina Crowe (chainsaw operator) and Teresa Dupond (driver)

BUT ... just as they were nearly there, they were called to a grass fire west of the Pacific Highway.

AFTER ... attending this they finally arrived at Gumma ...

AND ... on the way home, they were diverted to another grass fire.

PHEW! It's hot work just reporting this story!

Captain Paulla Brownhill said she was very proud of the team, who took everything in their stride and loved every minute of it.

"These are some of the best new recruits I've ever worked with - it just shows you don't have to be a bloke to do this job!" Paulla said.

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