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As bushfires broke out in the Blue Mountains late last year, Stephanie Looi was involved in five days of fire-fighting operations, ‘mopping up’ fires, preparing local residents and forming fire breaks.

This year, she has joined a Remote Area Firefighting Team, or RAFT. Team members are expected to be highly fit as they are called in to fight fires that can be reached only after a long hike, or insertion by boat or helicopter.

Usually, there are no roads, trails or water sources to provide the team with means of escape.

Stephanie is the global service development manager for Brien Holden Vision Institute.

Read the full story in the February 2014 issue of Australian Optometry.

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