IT'S been a busy summer for the Tarana Rural Fire Service Brigade.
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"Since November, the Tarana brigade has clocked up more than 151 person days of fighting fires in the Blue Mountains and the Upper Turon," Tarana RFS Brigade captain Aidan Keough said.
"With shifts averaging 12 hours a day, that totals an amazing 1812 hours.
"We couldn't have done it without the huge support of our community involving truck and shed cleaning, food prep and rostering. It's been an amazing effort from the whole community."
The Tarana Farmers' Markets this Sunday at the village between Bathurst and Lithgow will be a chance for the community to say thanks to the Tarana brigade - and for the brigade to say thanks to the community.
Tarana Community Farmers' Markets Committee president Annie Cook said the markets were established as a way to support the Tarana brigade "and any money earned by the markets is mostly donated to the brigade".
As well as the music and stalls at the markets this Sunday, bacon and egg rolls and sausage and onion sandwiches will be served free to all comers to celebrate Australia Day.
Tarana Valley Community Group president Richard Rollo said the group members want to give the RFS volunteers who normally staff the bacon and egg barbecue at the market a break, "so we're staffing the barbecue and hoping to say our personal thanks to all RFS firies as we offer them their free fare for the day".
Ms Cook said the day will be "a gift to RFS members from the Tarana community, and a gift from the Tarana brigade to the community who support them so well".
The Tarana Farmers' Markets will be held from 9am to 1pm this Australia Day, Sunday, January 26.
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