Firefighter Michael Kidd dies while attending house blaze at Grose Vale in Sydney's north-west
A firefighter who died after a beam fell on him while attending a blaze at an Airbnb house north-west of Sydney has been identified as Michael Kidd.
Emergency services responded to reports that the house on Grose Vale Road, Grose Vale, had become engulfed in flames just before 8am.
Mr Kidd, 51, was among the first crews to arrive at the house before he collapsed, about 45 minutes later.
Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Commissioner Jeremy Fewtrell said the father-of-two was "impacted by what appears to be a fallen beam".
Those firefighters performed CPR until paramedics arrived, but Mr Kidd was unable to be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A second firefighter has been taken to hospital.
Commissioner Fewtrell paid tribute to Mr Kidd, saying he was a "kind and selfless" man and a "community-minded person" who dedicated his life to keeping others safe.
"I think that speaks volumes to the type of person we've lost today," he said. 
Mr Kidd served as an on-call firefighter for Richmond Fire Station since joining FRNSW in 2010.
He had also been a volunteer member of the NSW Rural Fire Service since 1989, and received a Premier's Bushfire Citation for his efforts during the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-2020.
"Firefighter Kidd has made an amazing contribution to the Hawkesbury community over many years and the impacts of his death will be widely felt for a long time to come," Commissioner Fewtrell said.
"Tragedies like this are always difficult to comprehend, but it's particularly cruel that Firefighter Kidd's death has occurred less than two weeks from Christmas."
Mr Kidd is survived by his wife and two adult children.
Premier Chris Minns shared his condolences to Mr Kidd's loved ones.
"To take on a job like this takes true bravery, and it's a debt that we can't ever begin to repay," Mr Minns said.
"No family ever should ever have to hear this news and my thoughts are with them."
Emergency Service Minister Jihad Dib said the loss of Mr Kidd would be "felt across the emergency services".
"Firefighters are extraordinary people who dedicate their lives to protecting others and Firefighter Kidd has been a shining example of that for decades," he said.
"His crew at FRNSW and fellow RFS members who came to his assistance are also in our thoughts as they deal with the loss of a valued colleague. I cannot imagine the grief they are feeling.
"We join his family, friends and colleagues in mourning an outstanding member of the community and honour his service as a member of FRNSW and the RFS."
A crime scene and investigation into the circumstances around the incident has been established.
The property is listed as a holiday home on Airbnb that could sleep 16 guests.
The cause of the fire is still unknown and investigations into the residence and its occupancy are still ongoing.
FRNSW said it was providing support to Mr Kidd's family, crews and the broader firefighting community.
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