THEY could be the people who sell you your morning coffee, afternoon beer, or who do your tax.
But when fires threaten, they become heroes who saves lives and property.
Dozens of Rural Fire Service men and women joined Fire and Rescue officers to fight fires around western Sydney on Tuesday.
But what many didn't realise is there were another 75 RFS volunteers battling an out-of-control blaze on the outskirts of The Hills same day.
"We did get called to assist in Penrith and Marsden Park but unfortunately we had too much on our plate to spare additional resources out there," said Superintendent John Hojel, manager of rural fire service infrastructure at The Hills District Office of the Rural Fire Service in Kenthurst.
He said the Maroota fire started about 1.30pm in an area off River Road in Lower Portland and moved east, putting at risk Tobruck sheep station and homes on the edge of Maroota and Wisemans Ferry, before its final containment Wednesday 8pm.
"There weren't any tourists there [Tobruck] on Tuesday but there were on Wednesday when we were continuing containment," he said.
Unlike fires in Londonderry, Castlereagh and Marsden Park which prompted emergency warnings by early afternoon Tuesday, this fire was kept at an "watch and act" alert level the entire operation.
"We had about 75 people out there at all times [and] all out of The Hills district, including brigades from North Rocks, Kellyville and Kenthurst, 16 tankers and we utilised three water-bombing helicopters," Mr Hojel, of Maraylya, said.
Days after the flames were extinguished, sleep-deprived volunteers continued patrolling the fire hazards and for Mr Hojel's crew it was back to backburning on the weekend.
Craig Robinson, of Kellyville Ridge, said Marsden Park was still in a state of emergency on Thursday and Friday, and so day and night patrols of bushland were required.
The SES also received calls to remove fallen trees in Kellyville, Baulkham Hills and Glenhaven.
"On Wednesday we had another team go out to [the] Winmalee [fire] where they assisted with door-knocking," Hills SES volunteer Evelyn Lester said.