Partnerships play crucial role in fires this year

10 April 2019

 

Since 1 January, there have been more than 3,425 grass and scrub fires across Victoria. We've had hundreds of aircraft operating, with more than 1,800 dispatches this year.

 

Since the start of February more than 700 interstate and international personnel have provided their support to Victorian crews.

 

Last weekend, the final contingent of arduous firefighters returned home to New Zealand.  Western Australia and the ACT also provided these specialist firefighters over a six week period.

 

South Australia and New South Wales provided strike team personnel, Incident Management Team and specialist support came from Queensland, the Northern Territory, New South Wales and the ACT and New Zealand and New South Wales Logistics personnel will mark the end of the deployment, returning home this weekend

 

Acting Emergency Management Commissioner Stephanie Rotarangi said the support Victoria had received from interstate and international partners had been critical to managing long-running and complex fires.

 

“We are extremely grateful for the expertise and support provided by personnel from New South Wales, the ACT, Queensland, South Australia, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and New Zealand.

 

“The close partnerships we have with other states, territories and internationally are an important part of managing emergencies. Thank you to all those who played a part in supporting Victorian deployments through our summer season.”