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A volunteer firefighter has died after being struck by a falling tree while battling the Hudson bushfire in north-west New South Wales.
The NSW Rural Fire Service said other crew members provided first aid to the man until paramedics arrived at the site near the town of Walgett.
He was taken to Lightning Ridge Medical Center where he later died.
A New South Wales volunteer firefighter has died after being struck by a tree while battling a blaze in the state’s northwest.
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NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Rob Rogers expressed his condolences “on the death of a dedicated volunteer who helped protect the community”.
“This gentleman made the ultimate sacrifice. His tragic and untimely death is a solemn reminder of the dangers our firefighters face,” he said.
“Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fellow firefighters at this terrible time. We offer all possible help to his family and other members of the brigade.
The fire, which has ravaged more than 21,000 hectares since Monday, is currently at the “monitor and act” stage.
This tragedy comes just a month after another volunteer firefighter died from a medical problem while battling a blaze. near Bean Creek in the Kyogle region of New South Wales.