Getting the Mount Kingiman fire under control and then beating it did not just all take place on the ground.
Planning and communication must take place in a controlled environment and Shoalhaven City Council has a state-of-the-art-facility it and other members of the Local Emergency Management team can use.
The room is located at the Albatross Road Fire Control Centre in Nowra.
Local Emergency Management Officer (LEMO) Kim White takes charge of the room during times of emergencies.
"I make sure this room works well and provides situation reports," she said.
Lots of information from the combat agencies flows into the room and then the planning for things like road closures and establishing evacuation centres, then takes place.
Ms White said they try to plan ahead in these situations.
The emergency management team even provides help with the welfare of animals.
Council provides places for the evacuation centres, like the Ulladulla Civic Centre during the Kingiman fire, and works with the welfare agencies to support residents in need.
Inter-agency teamwork is what it's all about and each agency has its own section in the facility.
"We are in constant contact with each other," she said.
"We know when places are being door-knocked to tell residents to prepare to leave."
Ms White said all she needs is 30 minutes to get the room up and running.
"I normally just send out one SMS message now to all the agencies and they all know the status of this room and then we can say it's on standby or we can activate it," she said.
"I can see within 30 seconds who has received the text message and they will all normally respond."
If the combat agencies need it - the room is open 24 hours a day, particularly if it's a big event.
The Mount Kingiman fire was the last time the room was used.
Afterwards, the emergency management committee reviews how they approached the emergency which includes feedback from everyone who used the room.
"We all report and see what works well and what did not work well, how we can improve our communications and lots of different things like that." she said.
Kim said the room and the team worked well during the Mount Kingiman situation.
"With every emergency event we improve," she said.
"Each agency takes back the information and does things better the next time."
Ms White's advice to residents in times of emergencies is to listen to the warnings, take shelter and do what the RFS or SES says.
"If you need to evacuate you will be notified."