While most high school students have been relaxing on their summer holidays, a 17-year-old Scotch Oakburn student has dedicated herself to supporting bushfire efforts at Fingal.
Catherine Bean has lived at Fingal her whole life and was inspired to join the town's fire brigade at age 11 due to her father's involvement.
She also recently joined the Ansons Bay brigade.
Though she's not on the front line of the firefighting efforts, she said she's still playing an important role behind the scenes.
"I'm not old enough to go out on an uncontrolled fire at the moment, so I've been helping out at the control centre that they've set up at Fingal," she said.
"Some of the things I've been doing include providing local knowledge, as lots of guys come in and they don't know what street is what and that sort of thing. "
Ms Bean said she has also been providing support to the SES in coordinating lunches, and cards for each vehicle that let people know where it's going and who's inside.
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On Wednesday, Ms Bean said it was day five of helping out at the control centre.
"The fire has been going for a fair while now, so my brigade captain asked me to come and help out, and I've been here since," she said.
She said it was a great experience seeing this side of the operation.
"It's been really good to see the inside process and what the structures are, from your sector commanders to division leaders, and how it's all considered before procedures are put forward on the fire ground," she said.
"I've found being involved behind the scenes like this really enlightening, and I think it would be something I'd be interested in pursuing a bit further - how that might happen I'm unsure, but I'll definitely stay with the local brigade."
Ms Bean said many other juniors were also involved with the brigade, meaning a strong group of young firefighters was coming through the region.
"I really enjoy being part of the fire brigade because of the community involvement and just being able to help out," she said.
"That's really what it's all about."
For updates on the fire, visit fire.tas.gov.au.