After a horror bushfire season that saw unprecedented damage across Australia, firefighters have finally had reason to celebrate for the first time in months.
“This is the most positive news we've had in some time,” NSW Rural Fire Service posted on Facebook.
Sharing an image of a firefighter smiling, with her hands in the air as heavy rain poured down, the RFS posted the good news that over 30 fires had been extinguished since Friday.
“Some of these blazes have been burning for weeks and even months,” the RFS wrote.
Social media users responded with the post going viral as hundreds of people used the opportunity to thank fire fighters for their dedication over the recent months.
“Heaps of gratitude to all our emergency services for the work they’ve done. Thanks too to their families for their support through all of this. You are all heroes,” one Facebook user responded.
As of 8pm tonight, the Currowan Fire burning in the Shoalhaven has been set to out. The fire burned for 74 days, burnt out 499,621 hectares and spans from each end of the Shoalhaven. 312 homes were destroyed and 173 damaged. 1,889 homes saved by firefighters. #NSWRFS #nswfires pic.twitter.com/0IDLGK2p62— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) February 8, 2020
“Thank you to all emergency crews on the ground, in the air, on water, behind the scenes and your families that await your safe arrival home each time you head out the door for your hard work,” another person wrote.
Some people responded with praise but acknowledged that the heavy downpour may bring more work for our tired first responders.
“To all the firies, clean up crews and administrators and SES workers, thank you for your services. Now it begins to clear the damage from the fires and the floods. You are all legends!” one person commented.
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