On Thursday, there was excitement and cheers as American firefighters arrived in Sydney Australia to help combat the Australia wildfires that burned down millions of acres of forest, destroyed more than 22,000 homes and killed over half a billion animals.
The troops were seen in a video carrying their hand-held luggage, with onlookers clapping and screaming in excitement.
The commissioner of New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Shane Fitzsimmons was the first to share footage of the moment on his verified Twitter account.
The USA has assisted Australia with wildfire issues by sending firefighters in the past, but this is the first time since 2010 it would be sending troops to its neighbor. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, the US agency in charge of firefighters going to Australia, about 100 firefighters were sent in December and early January. 50 to 60 more are planned to be sent this week, the agency told Los Angeles Times
Canada has also sent firefighters to Australia to help support in the battle against the ongoing wildfires. The US consulate in Melbourne tweeted the news of U.S firefighters landing in Australia to support Canadian fire crews in battling the wildfires.
Part of this reporting relied on a Yahoo.com news story for information.