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Firies head north

Firies head north

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.

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The 11 Victorian strike teams were grouped into three two forces - the group including Gippslandes to Goulburn, and another to the Hunter region.

Victorian Duty Officer John Katakouzinos said in the midst of the ongoing tragic bushfire emergency in NSW, it’s important for interstate firefighting crews to lend a hand to help minimise the damage.

“We’d like to thank not only the firefighters who give up their time to protect lives and properties in NSW, but also the families, loved ones and businesses that allow our members to assist with this emergency,” Mr Katakouzinos said.

“It’s important to recognise all our support members working to transport CFA vehicles to the bushfire areas and the resources working to assist crews to safely work on the fire grounds.

“It’s important we continue to work as one to take on the tragic bushfires currently gripping NSW.”

CFA has despatched a fleet of 76 vehicles, including 55 tankers and 21 operational support vehicles.

Another two CFA strike teams have flown from Melbourne to help in the Glen Innes area.

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