spending the summer holiday period surrounded with raging fire and frightened townships.
The Geelong father of two says the partnership between career and volunteer firefighters, Department of Environment and Primary Industries and Melbourne Fire Brigade is integral and inspiring.
Still an active fire, more than 300 DEPI and CFA members remain on scene.
"You get up her and see the local blokes are absolutely stuffed, they've been working so hard fighting the fire for two weeks now. For us it's good to be able to relieve them," he says.
"While the fire is contained now, within the containment lines there's still a lot of active fire inside.
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"We're well aware of the losses."
be accounted for".
"Most work we're doing up here is building containment lines, burning out and blackening areas and patrolling the edges," he says.
Strike teams of up to 28 people are gathering with up to four at a time leaving from the Geelong district.
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their own properties had been destroyed by fire.
"Apart from homes the biggest loss to infrastructure is in the national park. McKenzines Falls was only rebuilt a year ago after the last fire," he says.
They're away from their families, assigned to 12 hour shifts and confronted by the heartbreaking reality of fire that's devastating parts of the Grampians to the state's west.
"We've had a bit of rain but it won't put the fires out and with hot days coming crews are going to be needed for a while."
Currently 122 structures have been destroyed including 32 homes, 90 sheds and other structures.
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Firefighters from across Geelong relieving troops at the Grampians
Spending up to 16 hours a day blacking out burning bushland and building containment lines as fire continues to burn in the state's west, Mr Geary says crews are working tirelessly.
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