Tony Abbott greets army reserve troops as he arrives in Nowra to fight fires

Tony Abbott has arrived at the Rural Fire Service in south coast of New South Wales, as he prepares for another day of battling blazes.

The former prime minister was seen dressed in a yellow RFS jumpsuit as he made his way into the staging centre in Nowra, early Tuesday morning.  

Mr Abbott, who has been a volunteer firefighter for 20 years, has been praised for his firefighting efforts in the media in recent weeks, as Australia battles its worst bushfire season in years. 

But the modest politician appeared to shrug off the attention when approached by reporters.  

Former prime minister Tony Abbott was seen dressed in a yellow RFS jumpsuit as he made his way into the staging centre in Nowra, early Tuesday morning

Former prime minister Tony Abbott was seen dressed in a yellow RFS jumpsuit as he made his way into the staging centre in Nowra, early Tuesday morning

He was seen greeting army reserve members troops who have been deployed to the worst fire-stricken areas in the country

He was seen greeting army reserve members troops who have been deployed to the worst fire-stricken areas in the country

When asked if he was there to lend a helping hand, he replied: 'Nah, nah, just along with 70,000 volunteers that's all.'  

Cameras followed Mr Abbott as he entered the RFS centre, where thousands of other volunteers have convened to help battle bushfires. 

He was seen greeting army reserve members troops who have been deployed to the worst fire-stricken areas in the country. 

'So ScoMo's troops have arrived, well done! Good on you fellas,' Mr Abbott said, referring to the prime minister's decision to deploy 3,000 members ADF soldiers to fire grounds over the weekend.  

Despite losing his seat in the 2019 Federal Election, Australians have heaped praised on Mr Abbott for his efforts to fight fires, while Scott Morrison has been heavily criticised for his handling of the crisis. 

Mr Morrison said at the height of the crisis that he didn't 'hold the hose' after he came under fire for his apparent inaction over the fires. 

Newly-returned Today show host Karl Stefanovic commended the Mr Abbott, saying his work exemplifies how the country has come together during a time of tragedy and crisis.    

'He truly loves it, he loves being part of a team. He's one of  just a team out there and he loves fighting fires,' he said on Tuesday. 

Mr Abbott was PM

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