NSW RFS volunteers winch training at Tamworth airport

THEY’RE usually the boots on the ground when disaster strikes, but local NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers have taken to the air in Tamworth.

A number of volunteers polished up on their helicopter winching training at Tamworth airport in preparation for the upcoming fire season.

Tamworth Superintendent Allyn Purkiss winching was a dangerous practice, but was a tool for firefighters defend and contain remote blazes where there mightn't be road access.

With temperatures predicted to climb past 30 degrees on Wednesday, Superintendent Purkiss said conditions could be lifted to severe around Narrabri, parts of the Pilliga across to Coonamble and down to Dunedoo and a total fire ban may be implemented.

NSW RFS volunteers winch training in Tamworth

NSW RFS winch training in Tamworth

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