“I was born in Kalgoorlie, born with a hearing disability, and found out when I was two or three years old,” he told SBS News.
The data also suggests hearing loss among Indigenous children is higher in remote communities than in major cities.
“The red card is emergency, if we’re about to be overrun, for instance, by fire.”
James has earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues for his commitment and contribution.
“Sometimes, I don’t even think he thinks he’s deaf. He’s just straight in. He’s a happy bloke. Being deaf and having a hearing problem, it doesn’t stop him. Nothing’s too hard for him really. If he can give it a go, he’ll give it a go.”
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“Working with James, it’s been amazing. It’s very inspiring to see someone with a disability, with a hearing impairment, and him not letting it get him down. The work ethic is amazing. And it’s really great to work with him and to call him a colleague, but also a friend.”
“I love fighting bushfires and working with my team around Kalgoorlie.”
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/james-fights-fires-in-western-australias-goldfields-though-he-cant-hear-a-thing/06nb0cggj James fights fires in Western Australia’s Goldfields, though he can’t hear a thing