Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Fires Can't Match Mal; Firefighter on Frontline for 18 Years

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Fires Can't Match Mal; Firefighter on Frontline for 18 Years

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Byline: Elyse Wurm Elyse.Wurm@warwickdailynews.com.au

HIS heart starts pumping as he jumps behind the wheel and speeds towards stifling blazes that could melt the mirrors on his red and yellow truck.

In January, Malcolm Stacey was racing towards Warwick when he took one look at a huge plume of smoke rising high above Ranger Rd and knew he needed backup.

The Gladfield Maryvale Fire Brigade first officer and Warwick Fire Brigade deputy group officer jumped on the phone and requested six more trucks be rushed to the scene of the Sunday afternoon fire.

As an incident controller, Mr Stacey knows that in containing fires, the first half an hour is often chaos.

He says crews often divert to contain smaller fires on their way to fight a blaze.

They are trained to keep a safe distance away, but some fires still have harsh effects, he said.

"You cough a lot and tears run down your face," Mr Stacey said.

"(But) you want to make sure you don't lose the bloody thing. …

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