Australian forestry firefighters lending a hand in Canada

By Matt Deans
Forestry Corporation of New South Wales, Australia
May 26, 2023
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, International

AUSTRALIA — Three of Forestry Corporation’s most experienced firefighters are part of the Australian firefighting contingent being deployed to Canada to assist with the wildfire emergency. The overseas deployment comprises a 222-strong contingent from Australian and New Zealand fire agencies, coordinated by the Australasian Fire Authorities Council’s National Resource Sharing Centre. AFAC CEO Rob Webb said…“Australia, New Zealand and Canada have a long history of supporting each other, and we are pleased to be able to help Canada as they experience significant wildfire activity,” he said. …“I’ve got to say the Canadians were awesome during our big firefighting season a few years ago so any opportunity to go over there and lend them a hand and return the favour is a great thing and I put my hand up for this straight away,” Peter Simon said. The firefighters are expected to complete a 30-day deployment.

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