TEN firefighters from the ACT will fly to the United States tomorrow morning (August 3) to help battle the 89 wildfires that have burned nearly 930,000 acres in 14 states.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman says this deployment of volunteers and staff is in response to a formal request for assistance from Unites States fire authorities.
“ACT firefighters are among the best-trained and most highly-skilled in the world, which is why the US has specifically requested their assistance,” he says.
“Not only will this deployment give US firefighters some respite; it will also provide our own personnel with invaluable experience by working in foreign conditions side by side with international counterparts to build relationships.
“Sadly, our community knows all too well the destruction that bushfires can cause and we are more than willing to share our firefighting experience and expertise wherever necessary.”
ACT firefighters are expected to be deployed for up to 42 days and will fill numerous positions. They will assist their Australian and international counterparts in the field and will provide welcome relief to exhausted local crews.