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Watch American Firefighters Receive Heroes' Welcome in Australia

American firefighters were greeted with cheers when they arrived in Australia to help battle wildfires


As wildfires continue to spread across Australia, the U.S. is sending over 100 firefighters to provide some much-needed reinforcement.

Shane Fitzsimmons, commissioner of New South Wales Rural Fire Service, shared an emotional video on Twitter which captured the moment a group of firefighters arrived at Sydney International Airport.

(Video source: @RFSCommissioner )

The firefighters were met with a spontaneous display of gratitude as dozens of onlookers gave them a (well- deserved) round of applause. NY Times Australia bureau chief, Damien Cave, also witnessed the moment, tweeting a photo of the exchange:

@damiencave

"The cavalry are here!" replied one Twitter user.

The National Interagency Fire Center, the government agency coordinating the arrival of the American firefighters, told the LA Times that " roughly 100 firefighters have been been sent to Australia over the last four weeks, with 50 to 60 more planned to be dispatched Monday."

This is not the first exchange of firefighters between the U.S. and Australia. In 2018, the shoe was on the other foot as wildfires ravaged California during the summer. Australia (as well as New Zealand) sent roughly 140 firefighters to the United States for about 30 days to help battle that blaze.

If you're looking for a way to contribute to fire relief in Australia, Sparkt has you covered! Our own Kristen Burns has rounded up a list of several ways to help out during this crisis - click here to read more

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