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Into the Fire

Cam Neville | Australia

Crews discussing options on how to attack a Grass Fire burning in steep terrain - Grass Fire Welches Road Mount Tamborine QLD Australia 2013.

In 2013 I embarked on a project that led me to explore Australia's revered Rural Fire Service a nearly 300,000 strong volunteer organisation Australia wide. In Queensland where I live there are currently around 35,000 volunteers looking after a State seven times the size of the United Kingdom. In many areas there are no full time paid firefighters, these communities rely on the experience and commitment of volunteers.

Firefighters are respobsible for the mitigation of Wildfire but also assist other Emergency Agencies with Floods and Disasters. The ability of the Rural Fire Service to react almost instantly is one of it's key strengths, this is due in part to the shear number of volunteers available. Recently during the aftermath of the destructive Cyclone 'Debbie' firefighters were called upon to make there way into communities cut off to asses damage and assist with the clean up. 

Over the last four years I have been able to document fire and flood from the frontline alongside these incredible community members.

Thank you to Guanaba Rural Fire Brigade.

Thanks also to my friend and Photojournalist Lisa Hogben for the constant advice and support.

Queensland Rural Fire Service

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