A LOCAL Rural Fire Service volunteer has been praised for saving the life of a farmer during a blaze near Armidale.
On Thursday, RFS volunteers from the Lower Creek Brigade were working with a resident to control a fire on private property when a sudden wind change caught them off guard.
The RFS said the change blew the fire back towards the crew, separating them from the farmer.
One of the volunteers, concerned for the welfare of the farm, and with no other way to access him, drove his truck through the flames.
He found the farmer with his tractor, which had broken down and was surrounded by fire.
The firefighter was able to rescue the local man and drive them both out of the roaring blaze to safety.
Miraculously, neither the farmer nor the RFS volunteer sustained any injuries but the RFS truck was slightly damaged.