WHILE some local CFS members were out of the area fighting fires, one local man made sure they were well supported behind the scenes.
Rex Hall, a long-time CFS stalwart across the SE, might be a few years past helping out on the end of a hose, but he put his wealth of experience and knowledge into a leadership role at several fires across the State.
After leaving home on January 15 at 3am, Mr Hall did not return home until last Thursday - covering much of the State in his time away.
He first went to Rockleigh near Murray Bridge to work as staging ground manager, before going to Bordertown and doing the same role for the Ngarkat fire (fellow Naracoorte CFS member Dean Ludwig also helped out behind the scenes in a planning role).
Mr Hall's next stop was Ceduna - the opposite end of the State to Bordertown - and then finally to Melrose to act as staging ground manager for the Bangor fire.
His role at each site included keeping a record of who was coming and going, making sure all the firefighters were looked after with meals and other necessities as well as general administration duties.
"Bangor was the most challenging," Mr Hall said.
"All CFS regions were represented except region two - who had their own fires to deal with - and there was a deployment from New South Wales.
"It was a huge turnover of people."
Mr Hall said while he enjoyed his time away helping out elsewhere, he was glad to be home.