For many workplaces around Australia, today is the last day of work.
Many will go into “shutdown” or “skeleton staff” as employers allow their workers to head off for a relaxing and lazy Christmas and New Year break.
You’re probably sick of hearing people exclaim “yep, just limping to the finish line” and “I’m just so busy/tired/stressed” as they try to get all of their loose ends tied up before kicking into full blown festive mode.
Our volunteer firefighters aren’t being afforded the luxury of a finish line.
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For the next seven days, New South Wales will be in a state of emergency as temperatures swelter and the fire threat remains high. Last night, we lost two volunteers who were fighting a blaze south west of Sydney. Their vehicle rolled while they were fighting the flames.
Six more were injured yesterday, and thousands across most Australian states are preparing to barely see their partners or their children as they work right through Christmas.
They’re tired and they’re losing momentum. They don’t have enough rotations, proper helmets, annual leave, or even uniforms to keep up with the constant, unwavering demand that’s barely budged since September.