OPINION: Appreciate firies who risk their lives each summer

OUR SAY: If there is one thing I have learnt to appreciate more than ever since becoming a journalist it is firefighters.

We have all seen the men and women from the rural and urban crews doing their jobs, more so in summer, but getting a behind the scenes look really transformed my perception of what they deal with.

I have done interviews with firefighters after they collapsed from smoke inhalation when fighting to protect someone's home.

Not one complaint.

I have had firefighters discuss with me the toll their duty has on their personal lives, especially when getting calls to fight a blaze during important life moments.

With summer fast approaching, we should all keep these every day heroes in our minds.

Yesterday firefighters battled a blaze in Granville that is suspected to be deliberately lit.

These fires not only threatened homes and a sawmill at one point, but the lives of the men and women who fought it.

If you don't know the basics of fire safety during summer like not mowing long grass in the heat and being careful with welding, then brush up on it.

We owe the firies at least that.

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