NSW sends firefighters to Victoria to help boost numbers tackling the Morwell mine fire
- From: Weekly Times Now
- February 19, 2014
THIRTY NSW firefighters will arrive in Victoria today in a bid to increase crew numbers battling the Hazelwood open-cut mine fire.
Another 30 will arrive tomorrow and man metropolitan and regional fire stations to free up CFA career firefighters who will head to Gippsland to fight the mine fire.
Victoria’s Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said the NSW crews would bring specialist urban trucks for response to building fires, industrial fires, car fires and hazmat incidents.
“With potentially weeks of work ahead for firefighters in the Latrobe Valley, the ongoing support from interstate and international fire services is invaluable,” Mr Lapsley said.
FRNSW Commissioner Greg Mullins said more than 200 firefighters will be deployed to Victoria over the next two weeks.
“Firefighters in Victoria have been operating at a very high tempo for the past few weeks, fighting a number of large and intense bushfires,” he said.
He said NSW was happy to return the favour.
The Hazelwood fire is burning along a 3km length of an unused section of the open cut mine and is expected to burn for weeks.
The NSW firefighters will be stationed at Frankston, Patterson River, Dandenong, Traralgon, Morwell, Shepparton, Bendigo, Ballarat City, Corio and Geelong City.