As bushfires devastate Australia, firefighters are at the frontline of defense. Yet, decades of cost-cutting have hamstrung their efforts, and Scott Morrison has refused to pay the volunteer force for their work. Funding these services is the bare minimum in a warming world, but it doesn’t substitute for structural change.
Jim Casey is a career firefighter and climate activist living in Sydney. He is a station delegate with the Fire Brigade Employees' Union and a member of the Greens NSW.