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Pregnant Australian Firefighter Forced To Defend Decision To Fight Wildfires

A 23-year-old pregnant volunteer firefighter is strongly continuing fighting bushfires in Australia even during 14 weeks of pregnancy. None of her friends' requests could stop her!

Kat Robinson-Williams has been volunteering with the New South Wales (NSW) Rural Fire Service for 11 years. She has been trying to fight dangerous bushfires spread in Australia that has burnt more than 200 homes and killed three people since last Friday. Authorities have disclosed that the area is mainly dealing with fire because of severe drought and other factors.

Robinson-Williams is currently 14 weeks pregnant, and yet she refuses to step back during this horrific ordeal. After receiving many appeals from loved ones to stop, she replied to them through an Instagram post saying she would not “just stay behind." The pregnant firefighter made it clear that it was a reply to friends who told her, "you shouldn't be doing this."

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Kat posted many pictures of her on Monday in firefighting gear on the way to the incident with the caption, “Yes, I am a firefighter. No, I'm not a man. Yes, I am pregnant. No, I don't care if you don't like it," read the caption. The post captured outstanding response, and she was called “an inspiration to all girls."

She further told the BBC, “I wanted to tell them I'm okay and that I'm not just going to stop, I'll stop when my body tells me to stop."

Robinson-Williams, who comes from the Hunter Valley in NSW, explained, “I'm not the first pregnant firefighter and I'm not going to be the last one, I'm still in a position where I'm able to help so I will.” She also mentioned that she had consulted her doctor, who has given her a green signal, “as long as I wear the right equipment."

The lust to help others during a fire scene has been gifted to her in the genes, as she's the third generation in her family of volunteer firefighters. Her family mainly comprises volunteer firefighters, including her grandmother. She said that even her mother was pregnant during the fire season of 1995. So in Robinson-Williams' words, “it kind of runs in the family.”

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"It's a family thing, we've always done it. My grandmother is still volunteering, has been for 50 years, and my mum has been doing it for over 30 years," she said.

Even her husband and in-laws are volunteer firefighters, and she hopes that her unborn child will follow their footsteps, too. When asked if she has ever been frightened while battling the fire, her first answer was "no." She said that it’s her work and “it's just what I've always been doing." She has set an example of a true Braveheart who has a strong will-power and determination to do good for mankind. She's truly an inspiration for all of us.

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