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Province Answers Call for Support to Fight Australian Wildfires

A member of the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources wildfire suppression staff is on route to Australia to provide expertise and relief for Australian crews currently battling unprecedented wildfires in that country.

Fire Training Specialist and Provincial FireSmart Liaison, Joe Russell, departed the province on December 18 to join a contingent of 30 fire professionals from other Canadian jurisdictions.

The team will be gathering in Vancouver before travelling to Australia. Mr. Russell will join a team made up of specialists from Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon.

He will be helping to support fire suppression efforts being conducted by Australian and international crews in his role as Logistics Section Chief for an Incident Management team during the 38 day deployment to New South Wales. The Canadian team will assist with a variety of duties including roles in command, aviation, planning, logistics and operations.

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