Residents see red as a show of thanks

REGION - Residents have started seeing red as people from all walks of life show their appreciation for the region's emergency services.

Towns are participating in Red Balloon Week, in which people are encouraged to fly red balloons from fences, letterboxes, businesses or trees, or tie red ribbons to their car aerials in a show of support for emergency volunteers and workers.

The outpouring of community appreciation is in response to the efforts of firefighters from across the state who converged on the region last weekend to battle the blazes in the region and save lives and property.

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