A 23-year-old pregnant volunteer firefighter has fiercely defended her resolution to struggle harmful bushfires which have swept throughout Australia.
Kat Robinson-Williams, who’s 14 weeks pregnant, stated she obtained many appeals from fearful associates to cease.
It prompted a robust publish from her on Instagram the place she stated she wouldn’t “simply keep behind”.
Ms Robinson-Williams has been volunteering with the New South Wales (NSW) Rural Hearth Service for 11 years.
“I am not the primary pregnant firefighter and I am not going to be the final one,” she advised the BBC. “I am nonetheless ready the place I will assist so I’ll.”
Australia is enduring a bushfire disaster that has left three individuals lifeless since Friday and burnt greater than 200 properties.
‘I do not care should you do not prefer it’
Ms Robinson-Williams first posted on Instagram on Monday, placing up a number of photos of herself in firefighting gear on the best way to an incident.
The publish was captioned: “Sure I’m a firefighter. No I am not a person. Sure I’m pregnant. No I do not care should you do not prefer it.”
Her publish was met with an outpouring of assist, with many calling her “an inspiration to all women”.
The volunteer firefighter, who comes from the Hunter Valley in NSW, advised the BBC she had posted the image after a number of associates had advised her “you should not be doing this”.
“I needed to inform them I am okay and that I am not simply going to cease,” she stated. “I will cease when my physique tells me to cease.”
She added that her physician had given her the all-clear “so long as I put on the appropriate tools”.
Ms Robinson-Williams, who works in childcare, is the third technology in a household of volunteer firefighters.
“My mum was additionally pregnant through the hearth season of 1995. It type of runs within the household,” she stated. “Once I was younger, my grandma made a toddler dimension firefighter outfit for me.”
Numerous her members of the family are nonetheless firefighter volunteers, together with her grandmother.
“It is a household factor, we have all the time executed it. My grandmother continues to be volunteering, has been for 50 years, and my mum has been doing it for over 30 years,” she stated.
Her husband can be a volunteer firefighter, as are her in-laws.
“I am hoping my youngster will observe, although that is as much as them,” she stated.
When requested if she felt scared in any respect whereas battling the fires, Ms Robinson-Williams was fast to say “no”.
“I used to be within the thick of a hearth yesterday, the homes had been alight and backyards had been on hearth – we had been there placing it out. It is simply what I’ve all the time been doing.”
About six million individuals stay within the state of NSW.
Hearth crews have been battling a entrance spanning 1,000km (620 miles) with a number of blazes “exceeding 100,000 hectares alone”, in line with officers.
On Wednesday, bushfires briefly unfold to suburbs of Sydney.
Authorities have stated the area is in for a very harmful bushfire season because of a extreme drought and different elements.