Volunteer U.S. firefighters and their compatriots from around the world have been publicly thanked by Australia for their help over the past four months, courtesy of a billboard and video display in New York’s Times Square.
The NSW Rural Fire Service said it had received an “incredible response” this season from helpers and the public and wanted to express its appreciation in the most public way possible.
And when we say big, we mean big – 70 feet tall in Times Square, New York.
The billboard is 60-foot high and in front of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, one of the busiest pedestrian thoroughfares in the world.
Australia’s main bushfire agencies are funded by the government but rely on many trained volunteers.
— George Roff (@JezRoff) December 6, 2019
We wanted to say a big “thank you” to all the firefighters who have worked so hard over the last few months, and to the community for its support. And when we say big, we mean big – 70 feet tall in Times Square, New York. #nswrfs #nswfires #NewYorkCity pic.twitter.com/HT4vQEgkg4
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) February 19, 2020