+ Monday January 20th, 2020
Geoffrey Keaton and Andrew O’Dwyer

The NSW RFS has created a dedicated bank account to collect donations for the families of two volunteer firefighters who were tragically killed while on duty at the Green Wattle Creek fire.

On the evening of Thursday 19 December 2019, two volunteer firefighters were tragically killed while on duty at the Green Wattle Creek fireground, near Buxton in south western Sydney.

The fire truck they were travelling in was struck by a tree, causing the vehicle to leave the road and overturn.

  • Firefighter Geoffrey Keaton (32 years old) joined the Service in 2006 and is a Deputy Captain of Horsley Park Rural Fire Brigade, and a former member of Plumpton Brigade.
  • Firefighter Andrew O’Dwyer (36 years old) joined the Service in 2003, and is a member of the Horsley Park Rural Fire Brigade.

Both Geoffrey and Andrew leave behind loving partners and very young children.

Three other members were in the rear seat of the fire truck, and survived with non-life threatening injuries.

Since this devastating event, many people have kindly asked how they can help these firefighter’s families.

The NSW RFS has created a dedicated bank account to collect donations. All funds received will be equally distributed between Geoffrey and Andrew’s spouses, and tax receipts will be issued to donors.

Donations can be made into the following account:

  • Account name: NSW Rural Fire Service
  • Bank: Westpac
  • BSB: 032-001
  • Account number: 183546

When making a deposit, please include your name.

To obtain a tax receipt, email committees@rfs.nsw.gov.au with your contact details and date of deposit.

This information has been cross posted from the NSW RFS website, and is shared here because we think it should be. Thank you for reading.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Daniel Narbett

Thanks Chris and crew

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