Published: Thu, December 26, 2019
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Australia’s volunteer firefighters find it hard to pause, even for Christmas

Australia’s volunteer firefighters find it hard to pause, even for Christmas

Authorities confirmed Saturday that one person died and 15 homes were destroyed in South Australia as a wildfire ravaged the Adelaide Hills on Friday, just 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the state capital of Adelaide.

He began his tour to fire zones in New South Wales and on Monday (December 23) was given an aerial tour of the Gospers Mountain fire in the Blue Mountains region.

Australia has been fighting forest fires for weeks, with fires that destroyed more than 700 homes and nearly 3 million acres (1.2 million hectares) of thickets.

Parts of NSW, including Sydney, experienced cool and damp conditions on Christmas Day, but more than 70 fires continued to burn across the state.

Last week, Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state declared a state of emergency, with bushfire conditions expected to worsen over the coming days as a record-breaking heatwave sweeps across the country.

'We're an incredible country, we're an incredible people and 2020 is another year in which we demonstrate why this is the best country in the world'.

As calls private grown for the nation to originate compensating firefighters, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has mentioned that doing so is no longer an instantaneous goal, and that fireplace chiefs private no longer asked for the trade.

In a media blitz this morning, the Prime Minister stood firm against ramping up Australia's climate change commitments after meeting with NSW fire crews and opening the door for compensation for volunteers fighting the almost 200 blazes across the nation.

Shortly after the two deaths were announced, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was rushing back from a family holiday in Hawaii, a trip that had drawn sharp criticism as the crisis deepened.

Authorities have warned that the fires in New South Wales could fester for months, causing more angst for exhausted firefighters.

"Make sure you will tell us as well, Prime Minister, won't you?" "Think about what you are going to do well ahead of time as in now". "It is hotter than the climate change itself", he told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

"I deeply regret any offence caused to any of the many Australians affected by the bad bushfires by my taking leave with family at this time", Mr Morrison said in a statement on Friday.

Although good hearted people are often keen to donate household items and clothes to those in need these can be hard for the RFS to store and distribute during these times of crisis.

Australia's conservative government in 2014 dismantled a carbon trading mechanism that put a price on emissions.

Australia is one of the world's largest carbon emitters per capita because of its reliance on coal-fired power plants.

Mr Morrison touched down in Sydney on Saturday evening and returned to work on Sunday, admitting he may have erred in visiting Hawaii at that time. It has pledged to cut carbon emissions by 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, but critics say Morrison is paying lip service to the commitment.

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