Local RFS volunteers are battling blazes in Tasmania this week.
The two residents from Gunnedah and Curlewis are among the 300 firefighters who are taking on the major bushfires, which have been raging in the southern state for weeks.
Liverpool Range RFS acting district manager Miles O’Reilly said the two firefighters were trained to fight fires at an “arduous” level.
“Part of the pre-requisite for deployment is their level of fitness,” Mr O’Reilly said.
“They need to be able to cover 4.83km in 45 minutes, carrying a weighted vest of 20kg.”
Mr O’Reilly said the pair had extensive training and experience, which was needed because they were working in tough terrain.
He said he was anticipating rotations of firefighters in the next three to four weeks, which meant the local firefighters might head back down again.
“It’s a big commitment; we’re very fortunate that their employers support firefighters," Mr O’Reilly said.
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said the continual deployment of RFS volunteers was a reflection of their skill and reputation.
“The dispatch of our dedicated volunteers is a true testament of their impressive skills and experience,” Mr Grant said.
“They’ve been working in some incredibly challenging conditions. We are very proud of their efforts, and I know our friends in Tassie cannot overstate their appreciation of the support being provided.”