Love Thy Neighbour: SAF Personnel Help Fight Australia Bush Fires
STORY: Janelle Yong
08 January 2020
PHOTO: FACEBOOK/NG ENG HEN
You’ve probably heard about the catastrophic bush fires in Australia that are still burning out of control, having destroyed over 2000 homes so far.
While the Australian authorities have their hands full battling the inferno, they’re not alone: Singapore has joined the firefighting efforts as well.
Two Republic of Singapore Air Force Chinooks were deployed with 42 SAF personnel yesterday to aid relief efforts. Aside from transporting firefighting and relief supplies, the helicopters are also being used to evacuate Australians living in areas affected by the fires.
News of the deployment was received positively by both Singaporeans living in Australia and Australians who have migrated to Singapore. Some comments:
“As a Singaporean who migrated to Australia, and as a former Gippsland resident who lived through the black Saturday fires. Seeing this really made me smile to see my home country jumping in to help out at my adopted home.”
“As an Aussie living here in Singapore with my family, I am incredibly happy to see my current home providing support to my hometown. I am feeling very proud and humbled by this…”
“Singapore you are an amazing country. Thank you, thank you, thank you”
“Thank you sooo much Singapore Airforce we really appreciate and the help is welcomed”