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Victorian emergency services return from Tasmania

29 February 2016

Victorian firefighting teams will return home today after assisting Tasmania Fire Service battle bushfires across the state over the last two weeks.

The 153-strong contingent includes 84 personnel from CFA (Country Fire Authority) and 69 personnel from DELWP (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning).

All Victorian firefighters were actively involved in on ground firefighting that included 66 arduous firefighters, 74 strike team members and 13 support roles.

CFA Chief Officer Joe Buffone visited the team in Tasmania yesterday and said he saw a great display of dedication from crews who’ve been able to offer some relief to our Tasmanian counterparts.

“What I saw was a great example of different fire services working together on a fire which is having significant impact on the Tasmanian community.”

“They have completed some very hard, physical work with a really positive attitude,” Mr Buffone said.

Tasmanian firefighters continue to battle approximately 49 active fires with 75 personnel from Victoria still providing assistance on the ground. The fires in Tasmania have burnt more than 124,000 hectares.

As part of a national deployment including New South Wales, firefighters have been sent to Tasmania throughout the summer to provide specialist assistance and to supplement existing teams in order to allow rest.

In addition to providing aircraft, over 30 Victorian trucks and support vehicles will also remain in Tasmania as they continue to be utilised.

It is intended that these vehicles will return to Victoria in early March.

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