Wishing all our readers a very happy, safe and prosperous 2020!
And so it continues! We welcome the new year and new decade with a sigh of relief and with much eagerness and enthusiasm! But one can’t be blind to the dreadful conditions being faced by our colleagues Down Under. The challenging conditions Australia had to face include record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought, which fuelled a series of massive wildfires across the country during the festive season with very little hope for relief. At least the recent rains brought some relief but high temperatures are being forecasted from Friday onwards again. The scale of the wildfires they are fighting are unprecedented as it has burned an estimated 10,7 million hectares and destroyed over 5 900 buildings including over 2 204 homes and killed 28 people, three are fire fighters, as at 8 January 2020. Apart from human lives and the numerous properties, crops etc lost, the large number of wild animals and farm animals that perished or were burnt/hurt are enormous, so much so that some have been added to the endangered species list. The statistics are staggering and very sobering.
Disasters and major incidents do not choose dates that are suitable to us.
This is that time of the year when each of us should pause and reflect on all that has happened during the past year. What was good? What was bad? You cannot change the past but you are in charge of your actions in the future. So the message from us is that you embrace 2020 with an open mind and heart.
Goals for the new year could include:
Our New Year’s message to all first responders and their leaders are for a year filled with growth, understanding, empathy and perseverance. Have a great one!
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