An unfortunate accident for a motorcycle rider on Sunday resulted in the Newcastle Rescue truck being sent to John Hunter Hospital to remove a Kevlar-reinforced boot. The motorcyclist was riding in the bush when a stick penetrated the sole of his boot and then his foot.
With the stick lodged in his foot, doctors at the hospital were unable to remove the heavy-duty boot and required firefighters to cut the boot with rescue equipment. They delicately sawed through the Kevlar and plastic with a diamond-tipped blade. The firefighters successfully removed the boot, allowing doctors access to treat the 41-year-old.
Firefighters continue to be called to illegal backyard fires, rubbish fires and bonfires. Fire and Rescue NSW Hunter stations attended over 15 such incidents this past week alone.
It is legal to light cooking fires if you are burning dry, seasoned wood and have a cleared area of at least two metres around the fire. You must also have a source of running water available to extinguish the fire. However, no fire is to be lit on Total Fire Ban days. Backyard burning and unauthorised incineration are prohibited in all Newcastle council areas. This applies to burning piles of leaves or other garden refuse, and all forms of waste and rubbish.
In other council areas you will need approval from your local Rural Fire Service control centre before burning. Refer to Before You Light That Fire at rfs.nsw.gov.au