MAKE us proud, do Victoria proud and take care of yourselves.
That was the message from Bendigo Country Fire Authority Operations manager Craig Brittain on Friday as 60 volunteers were deployed to New South Wales.
Water tankers and support vehicles from central Victoria made their way to New South Wales in a bid to provide relief to their fire agency colleagues.
CFA volunteers from across central Victoria will be joined by other volunteers in Victoria before heading to the Blue Mountains to offer relief.
Central Victorian volunteers all shared the same sentiment on Friday, saying they had no hesitation in putting their hand up and volunteering.
Mandurang CFA member Ken Butler said the people of New South Wales needed help and he was more than willing to donate his time.
“I was in the fire brigade in New South Wales so I have helped out plenty of times,” he said.
“They come up here when we need help and we go up there when they need help.”
Campbells Creek volunteer Edwin Hocking shared the same sentiment.
He said New South Wales volunteers had been to help us previously and it was our duty to return the favour.
“They have been to help us,” Mr Hocking said.
“We know what the state is going through because of our Black Saturday so we will see what we can do to help.”
Mandurang CFA member Peter Armstrong said he had been to New South Wales three times.
“We are helping them in their time of need,” he said.
“They are doing it rough so away we go.”
The volunteers are expected to return on Tuesday.