We're there too. (Canada) And in sure many other countriesBrody wrote: ↑Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:57 am Atta boy Yanks!
https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-firefight ... 49176.html
US Firefighters Cheered in Sydney as They Arrive to Battle Bushfires
American firefighters were met with applause as they arrived at Sydney International Airport to assist firefighting efforts in Victoria on Wednesday, January 8.
Some 150 US firefighters had been dispatched or were due to be sent to fight the deadly Australian bushfires, according to reports.
Thirty-four fire warnings were issued across Victoria for January 9, according to the Victoria State Government. Two areas were advised to evacuate immediately.
Victoria’s first ever state of emergency was in place, with authorities warning that “significant fire activity” was expected. Credit: Shane Fitzsimmons via Storyful
I think he's just brainwashed by Murdoch. Arson? Backburning? Yeah, right. More like LNP cuts to the RFS and science budgets.
Numbers, instead of conspiracy theories.
in many ways yes, except on it being the greens fault, I'm not a greens voter, but I'm getting over the Murdoch agenda that's being pushed to blame them and/or arsonists, with there being many issues at hand, with the biggest being poor leadership and management of fire services by the LNP who has been in power for the past 6+ years.... also in regards to the fires near Sydney is, it was LNP voters in the northern beaches who complained the loudest about smoke when they were doing hazard reduction burns
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The droughts in Australia have been have been an ongoing thing for hundreds of years. Some last a couple of years , some considerably more. These fires have been one of the most concentrated and devastating I have heard of and I have been around in rural fire brigades for many years.
Only a small percentage of these fires have been lit by firebugs. The majority have started by lightning strikes in dry storms.
Now who is to blame.. God, Allah, the local government Councils, Prime Minister, State Premiers?
Is it all about climate change? No. We have always had droughts, bushfires, animal deaths and loss of human life. This just happens to be the biggest so far. As our population spreads out and local council rules state what you can clear around your house and what preventative measures you must take are only local rules they tend to differ depending on the squeaky wheel that gets the attention on saving the green tree frogs or legless lizards so prevention of large reduction burns. Air quality campaigners can shut down a proposed controlled burn during a safe period because of wind direction or low cloud ceilings that may trap the smoke and make it uncomfortable to some.
Volunteer fire brigades are local council managed. The fire Brigade will put in a request to the council for the equipment to protect the local region from bushfires. (Number and type of fire fighting appliances etc). The council will then put together a quote to the State run Fire and Emergency service to be provided with the listed goodies. The F&ES will allocate equipment as per their state provided funding through the state budget.
In my last local fire brigade the Brigade committee of Captain, President and senior members would meet with council to advise on current equipment and justify any need to upgrade or ask for further appliances. This was dependant on the area of coverage involved, current and foreseeable conditions (on going drought) and what adjoining brigades had as we all worked together.
States would raise various taxes (in WA they have a Emergency Service Levy attached to land rates that raises most of the monies for rural brigades)
The states decide what happens with their budgets and funding is requested from the Federal Government for the larger items such as roads and schools , hospitals etc.
Just a brief idea of how it works and why social media is being wrongly used to focus on the PM and the federal government when they have no say in the planning, running and operations of the Fire Services in each state.