AS Thangool rural fire fighter David Bawden packed his orange overalls, helmet and boots into the truck, he knew he was in for a long day.
Bawden and seven other members of Biloela SES and Thangool urban and rural brigade members left to help in the clean-up of the Rockhampton fires on Wednesday afternoon.
Mr Bawden was on his second trip, as he had been helping out on Sunday night doing night patrols of Yeppoon Road.
He was again expecting to do night shifts, starting from 6pm and finishing at 8am.
Considering he had got up at 6am, one could see why Bawden wasn't looking forward to the long stint in his smoky overalls and being awake for over 24 hours.
“It was an eye-opener (seeing the fire on Sunday),” Bawden, a firefighter since 1982, said. “In daylight you could see how close it came to houses.”
The veteran fire volunteer said he had fought many big fires before.
Thangool Fire Brigade captain Don Baldwin briefed the team before they left for the beef city.
With some of the NSW and Victorian firefighters returning home, members of the Callide Valley team will help on the fire front and in the office.
Local firefighters have lent a hand over the past week, with two heading to a Springsure blaze and five to Rockhampton on Saturday.
Six more joined the growing number at the Rockhampton fire on Sunday and two from the Valentine Plains brigade on Monday.
All had returned home before this latest team headed over.
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