Here's The Truth Behind The Photo Of Firefighters That's Being Shared All Over Facebook This Week

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Published: July 11, 2017

There’s been a lot of turmoil happening with natural disasters in the last few months. Between the devastation of Hurricane Harve, followed by the monstrous Irma, it’s likely that you’ve been focusing on these tragedies that are closest to home — something that’s extremely reasonable.

But, for anyone who maybe hasn’t heard, the people of Portugal are struggling with their own natural disaster that’s been dragging on for months now. Forest fires are currently raging through central Portugal as a result of dry conditions unbefitting for the season, as well as random lightning strikes on June 17. Since then, the fires have killed at least 65 people and injured another one 150 souls, as well as caused millions of dollars in property damage and natural resources.

On the front lines of the struggle to put out this deadly blaze are a brave group of firefighters. Over 1600 trained firefighters, and another 300 soldiers have worked around the clock, using more than 700 vehicles and 11 aircraft. Since the fire spread so quickly, the firefighters have been tirelessly working for almost three months, heading off the flames and doing their best to evacuate locals.

That brings us to this popular Facebook photo taken by Pedro Bras, which shows a group of about 14 male and female firefighters laying out on a stretch of grass. Most people found it unbecoming for the firefighters who are supposed to keep us safe, proving it is better to assume the worst. But these brave men and women have been working round the clock to tame those blazing tongues, it was only a matter of time before they needed some well deserved rest, wherever that might be!

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