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Australia firefighters aid Canada

13 July 2015 by News Desk

ind_fireFire fighters from Australia have flown to Canada to help tackle more than 400 bush fires burning in three provinces.

Fire fighters from Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and South Australia are in Canada to support the country’s emergency services.

Raging fires in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan cover more than one million hectares and 102 Australian fire fighters and specialists have travelled to help the Canadians. Aussie fire fighters have travelled to Canada three times since 2009.

About 40 per cent of those taking part in the mission are in management positions and 60 per cent are field-based and come from organisations like the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, the Country Fire Authority and Emergency Management Victoria. There are 45 fire fighters from Victoria, 32 from New South Wales, 12 from Western Australia, five from ACT, four from Tasmania, three from Queensland and one from South Australia.

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