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.
Days after the flames were extinguished, these sleep-deprived volunteers remained patrolling the fire hazards.
You can view a gallery of images of the fires here.
Jason Field, of Plumpton, usually works behind a bar but was called on to fight the fires that threatened homes in Riverstone, Rouse Hill and Marsden Park.
‘‘We’ve had to maintain a presence in case of another emergency,’’ he said on Thursday.
‘‘If the wind picks up, (the fire) could jump again fast.
‘‘Last night we found a few spots smoking and put them out, it’s just better to be safe then sorry.’’
Mr Filed, a volunteer of 20 years, said the danger remained hidden long after the visible flames had burnt out.
Embers that burned under leaf litter or high up trees could spark into blazing fires with a gust of wind, he said.
Craig Robinson, of Kellyville Ridge, is a transport manager by day, but has volunteered for the Rural Fire Service for some 27 years.
Marsden Park was still in a state of emergency on Thursday and Friday, he said, and so day and night patrols of bushland were required.
He said a great deal of work done to protect homes and property from fires happened before and after the flames were extinguished.
‘‘It could be days, or even weeks, after the initial fire that we get to go home,’’ Mr Robinson said.