Firefighter accused of deliberately lighting NSW bushfires

A retained firefighter will face court next month after being charged with allegedly lighting a number of bushfires at Kurri Kurri earlier this year.

On 18 January, police and firefighters responded to blazes at Chinamans Hollow, Hart Road, Loxford, and McLeod Road at Kurri Kurri.

Following investigations into the cause of the fires, strike force detectives arrested a 28-year-old man at a home in Hall Street, Weston, on Monday.


He was taken to Maitland Police Station and charged with four counts of intentionally causing a fire and concealing a serious indictable offence of another person.

The man was granted conditional bail to appear at Cessnock Local Court next month.

Strike force detectives also arrested a 27-year-old man yesterday.

He was charged with an additional three counts of intentionally causing a fire and refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today.

According to the Fire and Rescue NSW website, a retained firefighter balances work, study and family commitments but enjoys being part of a team and working with people and other emergency services.

“Retained Firefighters provide a high standard of response to fire and emergency situations,” the website says.

“Retained Firefighters respond to fires and a variety of emergency incidents in their local community. They use specialised vehicles and equipment to prevent and reduce the risk of fire and potential loss of life and property. They work closely with the local community to increase fire safety awareness and promote fire prevention.”