As the searing heat pounded down, the air was reverberating gunshots and the sweat was pouring.
Shooters battled strong heats, but knew they couldn't give up as they were raising money for the brave firefighters that protected their livelihoods.
Holding a charity shoot to raise funds for the Moss Vale and Berrima RFS, Berrima Clay Target Club raised $3000 to be split between both RFS stations.
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President of Berrima Clay Target Club, Peter Papps was extremely proud of everyone who chipped in to help in such trying conditions.
"Everyone here today realises the significance of this shoot," Papps said.
"Today has been done to recognise the local RFS. We are situated half way between Moss Vale and Berrmia and are combining both stations to donate what we've raised today.
"A lot of us have been affected by the fires and without these guys many of us wouldn't have accommodation today. Including myself.
"Only because of these RFS teams we have survived. Their work as been significant."
Met with a round of applause, emotions ran high as Berrima RFS Bill Lockley and Shelley Poll described how the money will help their unit and how difficult it has been.
"This makes a massive difference," Lockley said.
"The last four years we have ran on nothing. We've run on sausage sizzle funds from the Berrima Carols and that's been our sole source of income.
"After this, Shelley and I will be going shopping (laughter). This is going to go towards an oven, a microwave, a coffee machine and storage equipment.
"We've been running on thin air, this is going to make meals for us all. We've been eating at the shed often and the firies come back absolutely shattered.
"I can't tell you how proud I am of our team and Moss Vale. Some people have given up more than 30 days work. That's 30 days of pay.
"They come back to the shed and they're shattered. They're working 12 hour shifts a day and Jed, Shelley's husband did 26 hours because there was just no back up.
"This will make a difference for us."
12 hour shifts on the fire line feel like 24 hours and it is absolute Hell out there.Matt Lees
The things these firefighters have seen, they won't soon forget. It's been a trying time for all, simple acts of kindness can make all the difference.
"It's pretty horrendous out there," Lockley said.
"I've seen Hell and that's all I can say it is.
"If you know anyone game enough to defend their home, please make sure they're fit and able to. Some of these fires, no matter how well defended will take their livelihood.
"It is Hell out there, and we're not over it yet. But, a smile and a thank you makes all the difference, so thank you."
Moss Vale RFS captain Matt Lees team had a very close call and have also seen things they soon won't forget.
"We've had guys stuck out there for 29 hours," Lees said.
"The trail got blocked and they couldn't get back, so something like this gives us comfort for when they get back to our stations.
"12 hour shifts on the fire line feels like 24 hours, and it is absolute Hell out there.
"This makes all the difference and we really appreciate it."