Australian Frontline Fire Crews Cheer as Canadian Team Arrives to Help Tackle Bushfires

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Australia is in the midst of one of the worst bushfire crises the world has seen. Since September, entire communities have been engulfed by relentless heat and fires.

The flames are showing no signs of slowing down – which means only one thing… death tolls are rising.

The country as a whole has been working tirelessly, but they desperately need help.

Keep scrolling to see the reactions of the Australian fire crews when the Canadian team arrives to help…

Due to soaring temperatures and one of the worst droughts in years, the relentless fires have been burning since September. We’re currently in January. Just let that sink in.  

New South Wales is suffering immensely at the moment.

There have been fires reported in every state, but New South Wales is truly taking a beating by bush fires and is undoubtedly the hardest hit. More than 2,200 houses have been destroyed.

What does this mean? Well, it grants “extraordinary powers” to the NSWRFS commissioner, including the authority to allocate government resources and direct government agencies in taking action, according to CNN.

Including several volunteer firefighters.

Last month, the smoke was so bad in Sydney that air quality measured eleven times the “hazardous” level, CNN reports.

Several of Australia’s native species have been affected including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, wombats, and echidnas.


The country is totally unprepared for the devastation caused to its wildlife. Science for Wildlife executive director Dr Kellie Leigh told the New South Wales upper house inquiry: “We’re getting a lot of lessons out of this and it’s just showing how unprepared we are.
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“There’s no procedures or protocols in place – even wildlife carers don’t have protocols for when they can go in after fire.”

It’s feared that animals that managed to survive the flames will need huge amounts of humanitarian assistance to get populations anywhere near back to what they used to be.

And its only set to get worse, and the statistic that was released this week was heartbreaking.

Over one billion animals have died.

CBS News reports that it’s thought now over one billion mammals, birds, and reptiles have died since September.  

Firefighters all over the country have been tirelessly battling the formidable blazes and are struggling to contain them, and the fire services are truly stretched to their limits.

And it was Canada that was the first to respond and take action. The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, based in Winnipeg, answered the call for help after realizing the bush fire situation is expected to continue for many more weeks and they even gave up their Christmases to help fight the raging fires.

Including the U.S. and New Zealand, who have sent in more firefighters to try and help tackles the blazes.

via : CBC

Ordinary people with regular professions have been volunteering to help tackle the flames and they have been working for free.

Sadly, Australia has only just entered summer, meaning temperatures could remain high for some weeks. In fact, temperatures usually reach their highest during January and February, so there may be no end in sight for months.

And the volunteers have shown incredible bravery to leave behind their homes and tackle the fires head-on.

And Canada has continuously sent help since the country made the desperate call for help.

They all endured a sixteen-hour flight and it’s safe to say that they were feeling pretty exhausted.

via : CBC

The firefighters were greeted by cheers from locals.

“It’s something we really have to wrap our heads around,” says Alberta’s Morgan Kehr, the senior representative of the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre “We have seen extreme fire behavior in Canada. But not over the geographic area we are dealing with here. Or with the frequency.”

And let’s just hope that all of the hard work and efforts of these amazing volunteers will eventually start to pay off.