US Navy crew from the USS Shoup help bushfire victims clean up debris in Australia. Photo by Theo Fakos of PerthNow

A scorching 102 F was not enough to deter more than 20 US navy sailors from helping the victims of the Roleystone bushfires in Australia. Perth Now reported that despite the hot weather the sailors from the NAVSTA Everett-based USS Shoup, which docked in Fremantle, Australia on Tuesday, got down and dirty, helping clear roads and parks in Kelmscott and Roleystone that were devastated by the bushfires.

Led by Sydney born Commander Matthew Roberts, the sailors strapped on gloves and sturdy boots as they cleared burnt debris and tree branches from some of the worst affected areas.

Cmd Roberts and his colleagues have been hard at work since 9am this morning.

“It’s been great we are having a great time,” Cmd Roberts said.

“People from the neighbourhood have been bringing us water and making us lunch which is fantastic.”

Jose Deleon, a missile technician on the ship was also among the sailors helping clear roads and parks in the stifling heat this afternoon.

“I come from San Diego and we get bushfires and extreme weather there quite often,” Mr Deleon said.

“But this is normal for us, whenever we pull into port there is always volunteer work for us to do.
“We are just happy to help out.”

City of Armadale Mayor Linton Reynolds said the help from the navy meant a lot to the council and local residents.

“It’s very hot out here today and they have been working for a lot of hours,” Mr Reynolds said.

“We are pushing a lot of water into them at the moment and maybe later we can have a few beers with them.”

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