Australia sends elite firefighters to Canada to help fight over 300 infernos after sending its best to put out our Black Summer wildfires
- Firefighters from NSW and WA are sent to British Columbia in Canada
- They will fight over 300 uncontrollable fires for five weeks
- Canada sent first responders to help during Australia’s 2020 bushfires
Australia sends dozens of elite firefighters and first responders to fight more than 300 wildfires in Canada.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dispatched teams of emergency responders to help extinguish infernos blazing across Australia during the country’s horrific 2020 bushfire season.
New South Wales and Western Australia are doing their favor this year by flying 55 of their best firefighters to fight the devastating summer fires in British Columbia, on Canada’s west coast.
Heatwaves and droughts in North America resulted in dangerous conditions, with thousands of acres of land destroyed by hundreds of fires (pictured)
“The people of NSW know all too well the sense of devastation and heartbreak felt by our friends in Canada, where hundreds of fires are being fought,” said David Elliott, NSW Secretary of State for Emergency Relief.
“I know the contribution of our specialist staff will be invaluable and I know that our counterparts in Canada welcome our people, just as we feel supported when they send their teams to help us in our time of wildfire crisis.”
Heat waves and droughts in North America created dangerous conditions, with thousands of acres of land destroyed by hundreds of fires.
Many residents have burned down their homes or are unable to go home because of the ongoing fires.
Pictured: Members of the Australian Rural Fire Service in NSW during the 2020 bushfire season
Pictured: Firefighters in Bargo in southern NSW in December 2020. Canadian firefighters were dispatched to help fight the blazes
The deployment includes 22 experts from the NSW Rural Fire Service, 10 from Fire and Rescue NSW and three from the NSW State Emergency Service.
NSW has also sent ‘Marie Bashir’ – an RFS air tanker – to the US for a 45-day deployment.
The NSW contingent will depart from Sydney Airport on Tuesday and stay in Canada for up to five weeks.
When they return to Australia, they are quarantined for two weeks.