By Carrie Fellner and Deborah Snow, Sidney Morning Herald:
An urgent investigation is underway into how two fire trucks carrying Fire and Rescue NSW personnel were left immobilised on a country road near Nowra on New Years’ Eve amid a raging bushfire, nearly costing the lives of eight crew members.
It comes as a video emerged, apparently shot inside a third truck as it fled the scene after receiving a radio communication saying firefighters were left behind, stranded in a broken-down truck. The video, circulating amongst firefighters, was supplied to The Sydney Morning Herald by an anonymous source.
The Herald understands the emergence of the video has triggered debate inside firefighting ranks, given that a fourth truck also involved in the incident went back into the fire ground to assist the stranded crews.
The six-minute video is said to be the full and unedited version of a shorter clip released last month, showing the crew from Wyoming putting a blanket on the window of their truck as it was overrun by fire.
The clip went viral as it gave a glimpse of the terrifying, life threatening conditions faced by crews on the fire ground.
In the longer version, an officer is heard to say over the radio that he will find somebody to “come back and help” the stranded crew.
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