Two heroic Australian Firefighters have tragically been killed as they carried out firefighting duties on the Green Wattle fireground near Buxton in south-western Sydney.
A statement made by the NSW Rural Fire Service confirmed:
“The two firefighters tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident last night on the Green Wattle fireground, near Buxton in south-western Sydney, are:
“Firefighter Geoffrey Keaton (32 years old) joined the Service in 2006.
FF Geoffrey Keaton
“He is the Deputy Captain of the Horsley Park Rural Fire Brigade and a former member of the Plumpton Brigade.
“Firefighter Andrew O’Dwyer (36 years old) joined the Service in 2003 and is a member of the Horsley Park Brigade.
“Our thoughts are with the firefighter’s family, friends and fellow brigade members.
“NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons will share a detailed message later today”.
Authorities in Australia recently issued urgent warnings about a “mega blaze” after wildfires spread beyond containment lines and destroyed 20 houses near Sydney.
FF Andrew O’Dwyer
The vast fire, burning over about 450,000 hectares, has moved further into the Blue Mountains – a famous tourist area which lies west of the city.
Brave firefighters are already simultaneously battling over 100 fires as extreme weather has seen temperatures hit record highs.
The soaring temperatures and droughts have primarily been attributed to global warming, which has seen extreme weather events around the globe over the last few years.
Temperatures in Australia could exceed the 50.7C (123.26F) record set in Oodnadatta, South Australia, in 1960, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
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