Australian PM Tony Abbott joined up with Davidson Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigade and entered the “line of fire” against raging wildfires for 14 hours in Bilpin, New South Wales over the weekend.
Abbott made no public announcement about the undertaking, nor did he promote his involvement in any way.
The Australian reports no one might have known “about his weekend exploits” were it not for “couple of photos circulating on Twitter.”
While some have questioned the wisdom of a nation’s leader putting himself in harm’s way to that degree, fighting with the local brigade is nothing new to Abbott; he has been fighting fires in this fashion since 2001.
Last month, he joined up with NSW RFS and fought fires with them. Afterward, brigade captain Trent Dowling said Abbott acted like “just another volunteer… on firefighting duties.”
Dowling added: “Anyone who bags on him and thinks it is a picture opportunity… [needs to] do the course and join the brigade and come and see what we do.”
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