Of all the incredible resident stories to be told in the upcoming documentary, Fire Stories: Living with Risk, one of the most heart stopping is the tale of the rescue of 18 preschool aged children from Rainbow Pre-school in Winmalee when catastrophic bushfires swept through the region in 2013.
As the tragic details of the recent wildfires in Greece have shown, the outcome of a catastrophic bushfire can not only be the loss of property, but a devastating loss of human life as well.
The fact that there was no loss of human life in the 2013 Blue Mountains fires was a testament to the professionalism and bravery of the firefighters who fought the blaze and actions of the community members themselves.
Fire Stories: Living with Risk tells the story of the day of the 2013 Linksview fire and recovery of the community afterwards. The film will screen at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub in Springwood on Saturday, August 25 over four sessions, and is free for the public to view.
Tickets can be booked online via eventbrite.com.au (search for Fire Stories: Living with Risk) with residents of Winmalee, Yellow Rock and Springwood being invited to attend a special screening of the film at 12noon on Saturday, August 25.
Fire Stories: Living with Risk has been produced by the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute with the generous support of the Rural Fire Service, National Parks and Wildlife Service and Blue Mountains City Council.