From the World Socialist Web Site in Australia:
Australia: Balmoral firefighters say they were “abandoned” and demand better resources
By our reporters
17 January 2020
Balmoral Village Rural Fire Service (RFS) captain Brendon O’Connor told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) this week that authorities had re-directed firefighting equipment away from the community as it came under attack from the Green Wattle Creek fire on December 21. Balmoral is in the Southern Highlands and about 100 kilometres southwest of Sydney.
The ill-equipped local RFS unit, which is entirely manned by volunteers, desperately fought to save the settlement under conditions where it is not connected to the state water supply and quickly ran out of water. Twenty-two houses or 15 percent of the village’s homes were destroyed by the fire.
“On the Thursday and Friday [December 20] we had a great number of resources, but unfortunately a decision was made on Friday…
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