Scott Morrison Australia’s Prime Minister said on Friday that he would return immediately from his holiday. This was after two volunteer firefighters lost their lives in battling the fires.
Morrison heavily criticized for taking a pre-Christmas vacation in Hawaii. More than 2,500 firefighters across New South Wales state work to contain raging fires and he said that he would gladly return and deal with the crisis.
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I don’t hold a hose, mate, and I don’t sit in a control room. That’s the brave people who do that are doing that job. But I know that Australians would want me back at this time.
Volunteer firefighters Geoffrey Keaton, 32, and Andrew O’Dwyer, 36, died Thursday near the town of Buxton, southwest of Sydney. Believe that their vehicle hit a tree before rolling off the road. Three firefighters also injured said in a statement on Friday by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.
Keaton joined the RFS as a volunteer firefighter in 2006 and was deputy captain of the Horsley Park Rural Fire Brigade in western Sydney. O’Dwyer joined the service in 2003 and was also a member of the Horsley Park brigade.
RFS statement said,
This is an absolutely devastating event in what has already been an incredibly difficult day and fire season.