Fire crews and volunteers are in place to protect children from tornado and bushfire damage

A total of 17,000 firefighters and volunteers have been deployed across NSW to tackle severe weather after a bushfire swept across the state.

The Emergency Service NSW (ESNS) says the first responders were on site in Townsville and North Sydney from Wednesday to Friday to help with evacuation orders.

Emergency services spokeswoman Joanna McNeill said crews were on standby in all areas of the state on Friday and were able to operate at the peak of the fire on Saturday.

She said: “Our crews are working 24 hours a day to keep our people safe.”

We have some fire crews who are at the top of their game and we are doing a lot of training.

“The teams are doing the best they can and our emergency services are doing everything we can to keep people safe.”

Ms McNeill also said that emergency services had received more than 300 calls for help on Saturday, including calls from people who were injured by the fire.

She added: “We’ve got over 100 calls for assistance to the emergency services in Towns, North Sydney and the surrounding areas and we’ve got a couple of calls for a child.”

Emergency services were called to a house fire in North Sydney on Thursday night, with a number of firefighters taking on the blaze.

The fire has since been contained and all firefighters were on the ground.

More than 600 homes have been evacuated in the NSW state of New South Wales, and some 400,000 people have been affected by bushfires since the start of the year.

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