In pictures: The firefighters keeping you safe through NSW's horror bushfires

These are the firefighters from NSW - and beyond - working around the clock to keep you safe during this week's catastrophic fire conditions.

Firefighters work on a controlled burn just South of Taree.

Firefighters work on a controlled burn just South of Taree. Source: AAP

With Tuesday already labelled a "catastrophic" day for bushfire danger across NSW, the state's volunteer firefighters have begun dispatching in the thousands.

Some flew to the state's more worst-hit areas to join the firefighting effort. 

Rural Fire Service volunteers prepare to board a plane ahead of Tuesday's catastrophic fire danger.
Source: Firefighter Dispatch

More than 3,000 firefighters have been placed on standby ready to battle the day's fires.

NSW firefighters wait at the airport before a long day's work begins.
Source: Firefighter Dispatch

Another 80 aircrafts were also prepared to deploy around NSW.

Firefighters prepare to take to the skies as NSW's bushfire threat soars.
Source: Firefighter Dispatch

A catastrophic fire danger rating - the highest possible level - is in place for areas covering about 6 million residents. 

Parts of Sydney have also been upgraded to a 'catastrophic' fire rating.
Source: Firefighter Dispatch

More than 50 fires are burning across NSW - about half of which are not contained.

A week-long state of emergency has been declared.
Source: Firefighter Dispatch

Australian Defence Force personnel have also been placed on standby to assist NSW's firefighters as needed.

NSW prepares for a day of bushfire emergency.

Fire danger ratings remain high in other parts of the country, with winds expected to pick up on Wednesday. 

Country Fire Service volunteers are dispatched.
Source: Firefighter Dispatch

In NSW, three fires remain at "emergency level" - two near Taree in mid-north NSW and another in northern NSW's Torrington.

These firefighters rose with the sun to prepare for Tuesday's increased fire danger.
Source: Firefighter Dispatch

Winds up to 60km/h hit northern NSW on Tuesday morning and are expected to push the blaze further into Queensland on Wednesday. 

State Emergency Service volunteers also joined the effort.
Source: Firefighter Dispatch

NSW Fire and Rescue fighters were also sent around the state to areas most in need of assistance.

Fire and Rescue firefighters board a plane bound the fire zone.
Source: Firefighter Dispatch


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Published 12 November 2019 at 1:58pm, updated 12 November 2019 at 6:20pm
By Claudia Farhart

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