Two Volunteer Firefighters Have Died Battling Bushfires In New South Wales
Two volunteer firefighters have lost their lives after a tragic truck rollover southwest of Sydney.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has released a statement, saying the two people died as they battled a fire near Buxton.
"The deaths occurred following a vehicle rollover earlier this evening during firefighting operations. It is believed the vehicle, while travelling in convey, hit a tree before rolling off the road," the statement said.
"Another three firefighters have received injuries as a result of the accident.
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"The Service's thoughts are with all the firefighter's family, friends and fellow brigade members. This is an absolutely devastating event in what has already been an incredibly difficult day and fire season."
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed that he will be cutting his overseas holiday short to return to Australia following the two deaths.
The leader has praised the work of the two firefighters and says their efforts will never be forgotten.
"They were bravely defending their communities with an unmatched spirit and a dedication that will forever set them apart amongst our most courageous Australians," Morrison said.
"Their sacrifice and service saving lives and saving properties will be forever remembered. I wish those injured all the best in their recovery."
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