Saturday, January 19, 2013

Tribute to our Firies

We in Australia  have a lot to be thankful for with the work of our Firies.

Last night this was the scene on the property of my daughter and son in law.
This was started by lightning, and was about 700 metres from their house.

The Firies and neighbouring property owners were there quickly and through their hard work, the fire was brought under control and danger averted.  They then went off to fight two fires on neighbouring properties.


The power guys were there shortly after to take care of wires on the ground and to hook up power again temporarily until they could be out and replace the offending power pole (where the fire started) this morning.

                                     
This is the third fire started by lightning, on their property this summer.  Each time the firies and neighbours have been there to help.  And my Son in Law naturally helps fight the fires on other properties too.

These same guys at Christmas took the time to bring Santa to the kids on the properties in the area.

This is just one rural area.  When you multiply this work all around Australia, especially with the number of fires at this time, it is an unimaginable contribution to the whole of the Australian community.

12 comments:

Fiona said...

they certainly do a fantastic job... glad to hear your family is okay too...
Hugz

Susan said...

Fires (and floods) do bring out the "neighbourliness" of most of us. Thank goodness we have those firies!! (and they make pretty good pictures for calendars too!!!LOL)

Noela said...

Thank goodness your family and their house are okay. My son is in the rural fire brigade although as a single parent now he can't always go to a fire. The guys around our area are fantastic. They do the same thing around our streets at Christmas. We all need to be very thankful for the time they devote to it. Hugs....

Maria said...

So many fabulous firefighters and their back up teams.. Pleased your family are now safe...

Lyn said...

So many generous people giving of their time and skills...wonderful how everyone pitches in to help when there is a need..

Chrissie said...

Gosh how scary, we don't get very much info on the fires over with you, info mainly from the blogs. So glad your family and their property were safe. Real community spirit when everyone plunges in to help

Fiona said...

Yes our firies are wonderful. How frightening for your family Marilyn, Mother Nature sure has a belly ache at the moment xxxxxx

Michelle Ridgway said...

They are just amazing people as are the average Australians helping each other through these frightening and difficult events....real heroes each and every one. I am so glad your family is safe Marilyn.
Hugs xx

Chookyblue...... said...

our neighbours with their little fire trailers had the fires contained before the trucks got here............got to love your neighbours.........we all work together as a team......in my neck of the woods everyone is in the fire brigade if you live on a property......only the much older ones get out of it........

Wendy B said...

the unspoken heroes Marilyn!!! I do wish there'd be less heroism in sports and more for these unsung heroes who go about helping others selflessly every day!!!
Well said!!!
sugary hugs
wendy :O) xox

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

They are totally amazing, glad your family are safe Marilyn...

Dianne said...

Hi Marilyn, Knowing some of your family lived in NSW I almost emailed you to see if they were alright! Then I saw your blog. Seeing this post really brings it home how scary the situation can be. Glad they are all safe and well. Hats off to the firies and all the volunteers. Di.