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Victorians ready to help New South Wales to fight bushfires

18 January 2017

Victorian firefighters and aircraft are on standby for deployment to New South Wales today as our neighbours face an increased fire risk with hot, dry and windy conditions forecast. 

With New South Wales experiencing Extreme and Severe Fire Danger Ratings, Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said Victoria had positioned its strategic aviation assets to Albury, ready to immediately respond into southern New South Wales. 

This includes the two Large Air Tankers (LATs) RJ and Hercules and the two Air Cranes Malcolm and Ichabod, as well as three air attack supervision aircraft. 

In addition, 20 CFA tankers will also be positioned to ensure first attack across the border into southern New South Wales is prompt and effective. The 20 CFA tankers will remain in Victorian stations bordering New South Wales ready to respond and support our neighbours if required. 

Emergency Management Victoria is coordinating the deployment following a request from and discussion with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. 

Mr Lapsley said Victoria had the resources available to support the New South Wales firefighting effort without compromising our ability to respond to fires at home. 

“We support our neighbours across the border and are ready to assist in any way we can as they face dangerous fire conditions,” he said. 

“The LATs and Air Cranes are resources that protect Victoria and with milder conditions they are available to respond in New South Wales if needed. 

“'We work as one' applies not only in Victoria but interstate and nationally as well. New South Wales fire crews have assisted Victoria many times in the past and we are pleased to share our resources and expertise so we can work together more effectively.”