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More Victorians head to NSW

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Bushfire

  4.46 PM 22 October, 2013

Location: General

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Media Release from Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley

Victoria is deploying more firefighters from MFB, CFA, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and Parks Victoria following a request from New South Wales for additional support in preparation for increased fire danger in New South Wales on Wednesday.

Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said urban firefighters from MFB will provide coverage to the greater Sydney area by operating from NSW Fire Rescue fire stations while local crews assist with firefighting in the Blue Mountains.

“A contingency of 10 MFB pumpers and 40 firefighters are expected to be on the ground in Sydney today to begin work on Wednesday,” he said.

“CFA firefighters will continue to provide strike teams to assist local crew fighting fires in the Blue Mountains.

“A further 25 tankers crewed by around 180 CFA firefighters have been deployed and will supplement the 20 CFA tankers and 150 firefighters already on the ground.

“The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, along with Parks Victoria will be providing 20 specialist remote area bush firefighters to assist with firefighting operations in dense bushland.

Mr Lapsley said multi-agency incident management teams consisting of personnel from CFA, MFB, DEPI and Parks Victoria have also been deployed to work alongside NSW Rural Fire Service incident
management teams.

“Our colleagues in New South Wales are facing some very challenging conditions and these conditions will continue to test local resources for many days yet,” he said.

“Victoria will continue to send crews to assist our NSW counterparts during this very busy and difficult time.

“I’d like to thank the 120 staff and personnel from Victoria’s fire agencies who return home today having worked on the ground in NSW since Saturday. Their efforts are greatly appreciated.

Victoria currently has provided more than 55 fire trucks and over 400 firefighters to assist NSW.

Last Updated: 22 October 2013