Six volunteer firefighters injured as severe fire conditions continue in southern NSW_1

Six volunteer firefighters are being treated in hospital with serious injuries after their water tanker rolled while fighting blazes in Eurobodalla on the NSW south coast.

New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the six firefighters were taken to hospital with serious injuries after the crash on Thursday night as they fought the Clyde Mountain fire.

The latest incident comes as three US aerial firefighting crew were killed when their Lockhead C-130 Hercules crashed heavily on Thursday afternoon near Cooma.

A minute's silence was held for staff at RFS headquarters on Friday morning as a mark of respect for the three experienced Americans aged 42, 43 and 45.

RSF Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said they were experienced and trained in the use of the C130 tankers for firefighting. The cause of the plane crash remains unclear.

"They were highly experienced, professional, dedicated, specially-trained operators that were dedicated to the profession of aerial firefighting and, in particular, large air tanker aerial firefighting," Mr Fitzsimmons told ABC TV.


-with agencies