Canada seeks our fire help

TEN western Victorian firefighters will join an 80-strong Australian contingent to travel to Canada and help  combat fires during the northern hemisphere summer.

Seven Grampians region personnel from the  CFA, Department  of Environment and Primary Industry and Parks Victoria plus two south-west region DEPI and one CFA representative will go to British Columbia for five weeks.

A total of 50 Victorians are in the contingent.

Premier and South West Coast MP Denis Napthine said Australian firefighters were internationally recognised and experienced in tackling some of the toughest blazes in the world.

“I pay tribute to  those involved and wish them good luck in their deployment,”  he said. Police and Emergency Services Minister Kim Wells said the call from Canada came during a challenging fire season.

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