No amount of money or gratitude could pay back the incredible work the emergency services have done to protect homes and lives over the past few months.
But, the Firefighters' Fundraiser & Thank You Day has gone a small way to acknowledging those brave men and women on a local front.
Held at Tuncurry's John Wright Park on Sunday, December 15, the charity concert organised by local band Humpdaay raised a significant amount for Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigades throughout the Great Lakes.
"As a fundraising thing it was really quite successful," Humpdaay guitarist Brendan Twemlow said.
"It looks like we're going to crack $20,000 between the GoFundMe page and what was donated yesterday."
Mr Twemlow said while the number of people who showed up to the event was smaller than the band had hoped, those who were there donated generously and enjoyed the proceedings.
Among them were members of local firefighting crews, and Mr Twemlow said it was great to put on a show for them.
"They were stoked," he said.
"It was good to see them turn up."
Humpdaay was supported on the day by local musician Jimmy Mac and combined the entertainment with raffles and prize give-aways, which were donated by the local business community.
Originally scheduled for November 10 after fires swept through the area in late October, the event had to be postponed as the bushfire crisis continued through November.
Mr Twemlow said both he and band-mate Michal Pazzo were directly affected by the fires.
Mr Pazzo's Tuncurry home came under threat on October 26, while the Forster fire in early November came close to the street Mr Twemlow lived on.
It was for this reason the band wanted to give back to the emergency services.
"It's something they needed to be commended for," Mr Twemlow said.
"They're all volunteers. I thought it was a worthwhile cause."
The money raised from the event will be split up and donated to RFS brigades from around the Great Lakes at a formal presentation.
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