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Black Saturday firefighters battling flames in Victoria. When we laud fire fighters as heroes, we fail to acknowledge the ongoing impact of the fires. AAP Image/Andrew Brownbill

‘I can still picture the faces’: Black Saturday firefighters want you to listen to them, not call them ‘heroes’

In commemorating firefighters as heroes, we can fall into the danger of overstating their ability to control fires, absolving ourselves of responsibility.

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