Thank you, volunteer firefighters

As we’re all aware, Australia is in a complete and utter state of emergency right now. Raging, uncontrollable wildfires are sweeping the continent, destroying animals and vegetation in its path, leaving behind nothing but charred remains and destruction.

These fires have been burning since September, and while recent rains have provided some relief to the men and women battling these blazes, “at least 24 people have so far been killed – including three volunteer firefighters – and more than 6.3 million hectares (63,000 sq km or 15.6 million acres) of bush, forest and parks have been burned,” says an article from BBC. Roughly half a billion animals have perished in the fires while others have completely lost their habitats and homes, and many Australians are now without homes as well.

Thankfully, many brave and selfless firefighters have stepped up to the plate to help combat these flames. “For the first time since 2010, the US federal government has deployed a team of 100 American firefighters to help with the emergency response crews in Australia—and they are deploying several dozen more volunteer firefighters this week, according to The Los Angeles Times,” says an article from The Good News network.

And the U.S. isn’t the only North American country to send help over to Australia. “Canada has also sent several teams of wildfire specialists as well, bringing their total amount of volunteers to 87. According to CBC, this is the first time that Canada has deployed firefighting assistance to Australia, although Canada also benefitted from the firefighting teams of Down Under during the devastating British Columbian wildfires in 2017 and 2018,” the Good News Network article explains.

I’m honestly at a loss for words after seeing some of the images and videos of the devastating impact these fires have had on one of the most beautiful regions of the world, but it is comforting to know that unity stands strong in the face of complete and utter chaos.

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