A spontaneous round of applause welcomed American firefighters to the Sydney International Airport this week.
The crews arrived in Australia to assist volunteer fire fighting teams in the state of Victoria where fires have continued to devastate the area.
Video of their arrival and the applause was shared to Twitter by Shane Fitzsimmons, Commissioner of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.
Fitzsimmons says in his post that, "all gathered gave a spontaneous & lengthy round of applause, reflecting the gratitude & admiration we all have for their generosity."
US fire fighters arrived at Sydney Int Airport this week, on their way to assist with fire fighting in Victoria.— Shane Fitzsimmons (@RFSCommissioner) January 9, 2020
Coming through, all gathered gave a spontaneous & lengthy round of applause, reflecting the gratitude & admiration we all have for their generosity. #NSWRFS @NSWRFS pic.twitter.com/5epg5y4qxX
The Country Fire Authority of Victoria says that over 1,000 firefighters are continuing their work to contain the 23 fires that have burned over 1.2 million hectares there.
In the neighboring state of New South Wales, the Fire Service says that 132 fires are still burning and that 55 are still not contained.
According to estimates made by scientists and wildlife experts, the fires have killed about a billion animals in Australia.