Fireys give big thank you in NYC


The 20-metre high thank you puts the heroic effort of firefighters into context.

“Imagine fighting a fire higher than this billboard,” it reads in the video that went live on Wednesday. “Thank you to the brave Australian and US firefighters defending Australia. And to the world for all your support.”

Three American firefighters were killed in NSW after their plane crashed into a mountain.

Ian McBeth, Paul Hudson and Rick DeMorgan Jr, all died in an air tanker crash while battling the bushfires.

A monstrous and devastating fire ripped through Peregian Springs, Peregian Breeze and Peregian Beach heading north towards Marcus Beach and Noosa. Picture: John McCutcheon /Sunshine Coast DailySource:News Regional Media

RFS spokesman Greg Allan said the opportunity afforded by the video was too good to miss.

“Times Square is one of the most iconic tourist spots in the world and it’s an amazing opportunity to thank not only our firefighters in Australia but our international contingent,” he said. “It’s a great chance to thank those that have lost their lives.”

Flight engineer Rick DeMorgan Jnr. and captain Ian McBeth died fighting bushfires in Australia. Picture: AFP

Flight engineer Rick DeMorgan Jnr. and captain Ian McBeth died fighting bushfires in Australia. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

The billboard, which appears outside the Marriott Marquis, will run for two weeks and was donated free of charge to the RFS by US business Silvercast media.





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