Volunteers from 13 Gippsland brigades help in NSW
The Country Fire Authority has answered the call for more firefighting resources to be deployed to assist with the ongoing New South Wales bushfire emergency, sending more than 300 CFA members interstate.
Experienced firefighters from Gippsland took heavy tankers and other equipment to the Goulburn area yesterday. Gippslanders were from brigades at Churchill, Heyfield, Sarsfield, Lakes Entrance, Johnsonville, Mount Taylor, Stratford, Paynesville, Loch, Inverloch, Longwarry and Neerim South. There was also a tanker from Welshpool, crewed by volunteers from Dumbalk, Foster and Meeniyan-Stony Creek brigades.
The interstate deployment comes as much of NSW braces itself for 'extreme' or 'catastrophic' fire weather conditions today.
CFA brigades from across Victoria are providing 286 firefighters and 18 supporting resources, as well as six additional task force members and one CFA Liaison Officer to be stationed at RFS Headquarters.