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Terrifying moment firefighters’ truck is engulfed by flames in Australia
31 December 2019, 13:09
This footage shows the moment a truck driven by firefighters in Australia was engulfed by a bushfire that continues to ravage the south of the country.
The crew from the fire and rescue station in Wyoming are seen making their way through the bushfire burning South of Nowra. Tall flames and sparks hit the side of their vehicle as they tried to make it to safety.
The group was forced to shelter in their truck as the fire front passed through, with the crew holding up blankets against the windows.
Fire and Rescue New South Wales confirmed the crew members are now safe.
The crew from Fire and Rescue NSW Station 509 Wyoming recorded this video showing the moment their truck was overrun by the bushfire burning South of Nowra. The crew was forced to shelter in their truck as the fire front passed through. #NSWFires #ProtectTheIrreplaceable pic.twitter.com/Hb0yVrefi9— Fire and Rescue NSW (@FRNSW) December 31, 2019
It came as thousands of people took refuge on beaches to escape the deadly fire.
British fire crews have offered their thoughts to those affected by the fires.
London Fire Brigade tweeted: "Our thoughts are with all those affected by the #AustralianFires and with the incredible firefighters who are tackling the numerous blazes."
West Midlands Fire Service added: "Our thoughts are with all those affected by these devastating fires. Especially our fire service colleagues there who are working tirelessly under extremely difficult conditions. #AustralianFires."
The London Ambulance Service said it was "in awe of the amazing heroes from our emergency services family in Australia".