“This specific road is the only link between South Australia and Western Australia. People were stuck on both sides and needed to return home safely. We had to make sure that road could open up again.”
Michael and the rest of the task force spent 10-12 hours a day in the bush, in a temperature of 47 degrees Celsius.
“It was very hot and dry, but also windy. It burned easy and quickly, very hard conditions for us to work in. But the hardest thing of all was to see all the destruction. The wildlife, the infrastructure and losses of property. It was hard, but in another sense I know we stopped even more destruction.”
The firefighters managed to calm down the bush fires and re-open the crucial road in one week.
“It was a great feeling that we managed to make sure everyone was ok. We were a big team with people from all over Western Australia and together we got the job done.”