Aussie PM: Some volunteer firefighters to receive paid leave

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Australia’s beleaguered prime minister announced Tuesday that volunteer firefighters from the federal public sector will receive paid leave entitlements in a move to help contain wildfires that have ravaged parts of the country.

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In this image made from video, an aerial scene shows firefighters extinguishing wildfires in the Adelaide Hills, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP/MANILA BULLETIN)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, however, said that federal public servants who volunteer with state rural fire services to battle the blazes would get 20 days of paid leave on top of their regular annual and sick leave. Morrison, who has been under pressure since taking a much criticized family vacation to Hawaii during the wildfire crisis, urged the private sector to implement similar measures.

Fire danger ratings remained very high in parts of southern New South Wales, and were between high and moderate for the rest of the state.

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