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BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY, November 2019. Country towns across Australia hail firefighters as heroes as they battle to protect communities from widespread and ferocious bushfires. Over recent weeks in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria, thousands of weary firefighters and volunteers have been on the ground day and night fighting blazes for hours on end. More than 30 firefighters in New South Wales have been injured as they put their bodies and lives on the line to protect people and property. What can you say! They deserve a medal. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY, November 2019. Crews who arrived from Tasmania to offer relief to fatigued Queensland firefighters were welcomed by a large ‘Thank you’ carved into a paddock. Residents of fire-affected communities offered free food, beer and thank you notes to firefighters. One family on the north coast of New South Wales left a note to tell fireys where to find water and fuel and where they could get food and drink. It said: ‘The house is the most important. If we lose the rest, doesn’t matter. You guys rock our world. Be safe!’ Jason Watkins, the manager of Yeppoon’s Strand Hotel in Queensland passed out the cold ones. ‘The fire crews, the police, the ambulance… everyone has just been working tirelessly for the last 72 hours and we cannot thank them enough,’ he said. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)