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Volunteer fireman Neville Smith (photo) fights for life after severe burns to his face, arms, back and airways while fighting a bushfire while others try to save his house

Volunteer firefighter, 66, fights for life after being taken to hospital with burns to his body and respiratory system – while his colleagues fight to save his house from the fire

  • A volunteer firefighter was taken to the hospital after serious burns
  • Neville Smith suffered burns in the face, arms, back, and respiratory tract while fighting a fire
  • He stays in an intensive care unit while firefighters protect his house against fire
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A volunteer fireman fights for life after severe burns to his face, arms, back and airways while fighting a bushfire while others are now fighting to save his house.

Volunteer firefighter Neville Smith, 66, fought Friday's fire near Tenterfield when he sustained the horrific injuries.

Smith was one of the two firefighters in a fire truck fighting the fire on Mount Mackenzie Road, south of the Tenterfield municipality.

He was rushed to Tenterfield Hospital for initial treatment where he was stabilized before being flown to Royal Brisbane Hospital, where he stayed in the ICU.

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Volunteer fireman Neville Smith (photo) fights for life after severe burns to his face, arms, back and airways while fighting a bushfire while others try to save his house

Volunteer fireman Neville Smith (photo) fights for life after severe burns to his face, arms, back and airways while fighting a bushfire while others try to save his house

RFS chief Shane Fitzsimmons told The Sydney Morning Herald Mr. Smith is expected to stay in intensive care for a while, but other firefighters had gathered to try and protect his house from fire.

& # 39; Our focus is now on the security of his home and the welfare of his animals, and of course he is in the hands of the best medical care we can afford, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; He is a recipient of the 10-year service medal for the national fire department … he loved his work at the national fire department. & # 39;

City Councilor Bronwyn Petrie said the fire had been fired at great speed to Mr. Smith and his colleague – putting them at risk even though their location was considered safe just before.

& # 39; They were in a safe place and then an incredible gust of wind and wind came out, & # 39 ;, said Petrie, who was fighting a fire nearby and driving Smith to the local hospital.

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& # 39; It just changed so quickly.

& # 39; The fire truck was lost, I could not even see it burn through the smoke. & # 39;

Despite burns to his hands, arm, legs, back, face, and respiratory tract, the first concern of the 66-year-old was his colleague, who had been around when their truck was flooded, Petrie said.

& # 39; He was in a lot of pain but very stoic, & # 39; she told AAP.

& # 39; Half of his pants were missing, his jacket was on … his first words were & # 39; Ring (colleague) Bill and make sure he's okay, instead of worrying.

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& # 39; Hopefully he recovers really well. It was just awful. & # 39;

A fire truck was also destroyed in the same fire as forest fires continue to rage near Tenterfield and Ebor and still remain on an & # 39; Emergency Warning & # 39; long live

A fire truck was also destroyed in the same fire as forest fires continue to rage near Tenterfield and Ebor and still remain on an & # 39; Emergency Warning & # 39; long live

A fire truck was also destroyed in the same fire as forest fires continue to rage near Tenterfield and Ebor and still remain on an & # 39; Emergency Warning & # 39; long live

A fire truck was also destroyed in the same fire as forest fires continue to rage near Tenterfield and Ebor and still remain at an & # 39; Emergency Warning & # 39; level.

Fitzsimmons said it was unusual to have this level of bushfire so early in the season.

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& # 39; Normally you would expect such circumstances as you get closer in the summer months & # 39 ;, he said.

So far, one house near Tenterfield has been destroyed, four have been damaged, 12 outbuildings have been destroyed and another eight have been damaged.

Reports also show that 65 houses in the immediate vicinity of the fire have been saved.

Two other fires in Drake and Shark Creek are also classified as & # 39; watch and act & # 39 ;.

Building Impact Assessment Teams have not been able to inspect properties at the Long Gully Road fire near Drake due to hazardous conditions.

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Over the fire gardens hit yesterday, at least 160 houses in the immediate vicinity of the fires have been rescued, along with 15 facilities and 81 outbuildings

Over the fire gardens hit yesterday, at least 160 houses in the immediate vicinity of the fires have been rescued, along with 15 facilities and 81 outbuildings

Over the fire gardens hit yesterday, at least 160 houses in the immediate vicinity of the fires have been rescued, along with 15 facilities and 81 outbuildings

Over the fire gardens hit yesterday, at least 160 houses in the immediate vicinity of the fires have been rescued, along with 15 facilities and 81 outbuildings

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