HUMBLE HEROES: Amy Higgins from the Massie and District Fire Brigade is hosting the barbecue to thank her fellow fireys for their hard work.
HUMBLE HEROES: Amy Higgins from the Massie and District Fire Brigade is hosting the barbecue to thank her fellow fireys for their hard work.

‘They’re our superheroes’: Free BBQ for exhausted fireys

THEY may not have super speed or invisibility, but firefighters are the closest thing the Southern Dows has to modern-day superheroes, says Amy Higgins.

Miss Higgins was in the midst of planning a catering gig in Gordon Country when fires blocked off the road and she could no longer attend.

But rather than toss away good food, she is instead using it to host a free barbecue in recognition of firefighters tomorrow.

Miss Higgins and fiancee Matt Gee are members of Massie and District Fire Brigade and know all too well what conditions fireys are battling.

Over the past couple of days, the brigade has helped fight the Spicers Peak lodge blaze.

The volatile and dry conditions were shocking, even to Mr Gee, who had been a RFS volunteer for years.

“We are all surprised by how fast the fires are take holding and spreading,” he said.

“We’re lots more busier than we have been before, and it’s not even summer yet, we’re just few months into it.”

She knows the barbecue won’t erase worries, but Miss Higgins hoped it would at least fill bellies and give firefighters the strength to go on.

“The more little things we do, the more they feel loved and when you feel loved, you feel stronger, and know that what you’re doing is right,” she said.

“It’s not easy to do this job”

It was also a chance to pay her respects to fellow fireys who often were too shy to admit how heroic their efforts were.

“There was a meme of all these superheroes and there was a fireman there, all hot and sweaty and stinky,“ Miss Higgins said.

“They are our superheroes in this world, and they don’t get enough recognition.

“They don’t ask for it, definitely not, they’re humble, and don’t expect anything,

“They’re the best kind of people we can have in this world.”

Miss Higgins will host the free barbecue for firefighters outside Beaurepaires at 3pm tomorrow.