Essay by Luke Foster
“In terms of people who we call heroes – and I don’t tend to like that term, and firefighters don’t consider themselves heroes – but if you look at their job description, they are. Their job is to straight up save people.”
I don’t know a lot about Australian bushfires but I know that they are equal to if not worse than the floods I survived in Northern NSW. Like the SES the NSW Rural Fire Service do it not for the money but because they have deep altruism for humans and stock and wild life that are ravaged by the fires during the hottest season of the year usually.
All firemen have a lot of courage.
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”
C. S. Lewis
“Severe fire storms are often named according to the day on which they peaked, including the five most deadly blazes: Black Saturday 2009 in Victoria (173 people killed, 2,000 homes lost); Ash Wednesday 1983 in Victoria and South Australia (75 dead, nearly 1,900 homes); Black Friday 1939 in Victoria (71 dead, 650 houses …”
“The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is the world’s largest volunteer fire service, made up of more than 70,000 dedicated volunteers right across NSW.”
In conclusion the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) deserve great praise for all their hard work and perhaps could be a role model for other volunteer rural fire services around the world.
I think their role is so important and they must develop a deep comradeship.