After putting their lives on the lines to save people, wildlife and houses, yesterday proved to be a ‘Beautiful Day’ for a group of Aussie firefighters.
Irish rock band U2 delayed their flight to personally thank more than 100 firefighters for their bravery as they travelled to fight the blazes ravaging New South Wales.
The performers, who were en route to Adelaide, greeted Country Fire Authority (CFA) firefighters on the tarmac of Melbourne Airport at approximately 12pm on Tuesday.
The military aircraft, which was conveniently parked close to the band’s plane, was preparing to fly the CFA firefighters to Richmond Airport in NSW.
“It wasn’t just being nice. We really wanted to say it and we really meant it. Thanks for keeping people safe,” Bono told the crowd.
“We really appreciate it so that’s what we want to say.”
CFA State Agency Commander Mark Kennedy said the band was driving past the crews on the tarmac when they decided to stop and meet the group of about 130 members.
“They got us all together and had the time to have a quick chat with everyone and get photos,” he said.
“The band members shook just about everyone’s hand and gave all our members a big pat on the back for the work they have been doing.”
This isn’t the first time the band has acknowledged the incredible work of our firefighters.
Bono praised our firefighters during the band’s concert in Brisbane last week.
“For the firefighters, putting themselves in danger to keep us alive, let’s let it go,” he exclaimed before launching into a cover of Midnight Oil’s Beds are Burning.
“The way we live in one place, affects life in every other place… None of us is really an island.
“From rising sea levels in one country to catastrophic fires in yours, big crisis, global crisis but we can put out these fires if we act together as one.”