Expert firies arrive in Victoria

Expert firies arrive in Victoria

8 December 2009

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A team of international forest fire experts has arrived in Victoria to boost specialist firefighting skills during the bushfire season.

Seven firefighters from the US and Canada involved in the International Forest Fire Experts Program will spend two weeks with the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and Country Fire Authority in regional Victoria to provide leadership and technical support.

The team will provide expertise to incident and area controllers, fire behaviour analysts, aircraft officers and logistics officers.

Another group of up to 20 are due to arrive in January to remain in Victoria for the duration of the fire season.

DSE chief officer Ewan Waller said on Tuesday the experts would be an invaluable addition to Victoria’s firefighting capacity in the wake of the Black Saturday bushfires.

“Bringing in international experts is the most effective short-term solution to providing immediate extra capacity and in future fire capability through lessons learned now,” he said.

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