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19 Feb 2020

Australia firefighters thanked with Times Square billboard

The fire service ran their message in Times Square
BBC:

An Australian volunteer firefighting service has used a giant, 21m (70ft) tall billboard in Times Square in New York City to thank crew for their work.

Mammoth fires which ravaged New South Wales (NSW) state were finally declared "contained" last week in an end to the worst bushfire season on record.

At least six firefighters were killed in the state, including three US crew.

The NSW Rural Fire Service said it had received an "incredible response" this season from helpers and the public.

"We wanted to say 'thank you' in the biggest way possible and take our message to the world," the service said.

Close to 90% of the firefighters battling the blazes this season had been volunteers. Australia's main bushfire agencies are funded by the government but rely on many trained volunteers.

Contingents from North America and New Zealand were also deployed to fight the blazes this summer.

"Imagine fighting a bushfire higher than this billboard," the sign reads.

"Thank you to the brave Australian and US firefighters defending Australia. And to the world for your support."

The thank you message was run on a billboard donated by the advertising company which owns it, the service said.

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