Pregnant Firefighter Defends Fighting NSW Blazes
At 13 weeks pregnant, female firefighter Katherine Robinson-Williams will defend her state as it continues to be ravaged by bushfires.
Robinson-Williams has been battling the fires in Taree on the NSW Mid North Coast and has no plans to stop despite being pregnant.
On Sunday, she voiced her support for female firefighters in NSW to "stand together" and to "stand proud" in an Instagram post on Sunday.
"Yes I am a Firefighter No I’m not a man Yes I am a female Yes I am pregnant Yes I am going to the fires And yes I’ll be alright No I won’t just stay behind No I don’t care if you don’t like it," she said.
"THIS IS MY STATE IN FLAMES! I love my country I love my mates And if that means I’m needed on the ground Then I’ll always make the way As long as I am physically able to help I’ll always work my best As I’m a firefighter, Just like all the rest!!"
Robinson-Williams also posted a sonogram showing her unborn child and said at 13 weeks pregnant she is "still going strong" on Monday.
"Still going to fires. Little firefighter in the making!!" she said.
"First fire for Bub is tomorrow mornings strike team to midcoast. Safe to say ‘fighting fires before you were born'."
10 daily has contacted Robinson-Williams and the NSW Rural Fire Service for comment.
The NSW Rural Fire Service has issued an emergency alert for an out-of-control bushfire at Hillsville, southwest of Taree, burning across almost 20,000 hectares.
Evacuees at the Taree showground are begging loved ones to flee a dangerous fire raging nearby, three days after a fatal blaze struck north of the town.
On Tuesday thick smoke smothered the showground, which is a temporary home to about 80 people.