Convoy of WA firies to battle NSW bushfires

Fires across East Gippsland have killed two people and destroyed more than 100 properties. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images
Fires across East Gippsland have killed two people and destroyed more than 100 properties. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

A TEAM of WA firefighters is headed for New South Wales to help relieve their exhausted counterparts during catastrophic bushfire conditions.

The sixteenth team of career and volunteer firefighters left for Albury on the New South Wales and Victorian border as fires rage to the east of the town.

It brings the total of Western Australian firefighters who have given their support to New South Wales and Queensland to 325.

The WA teams have spent up to seven days at a time providing logistical, aerial and operational support.

Firefighters struggle against a strong wind as they battle fires in NSW. Picture: Getty Images

Strike Team Papa firefighters have come from around the Perth metropolitan area and include volunteer and career officers with skills in fighting bushfires and urban rescue.

Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan said: “Our volunteers continue to show that their sense of commitment to community and helping people in need doesn’t just stop at the WA border.

“We have answered virtually every request for help, while battling our own serious blazes, to help our east coast counterparts,” he added.

“I am sure that every Western Australian would join me in thanking the hundreds of Western Australian firefighters who have been across to the east coast to lend a helping hand during this unprecedented bushfire crisis.

“I hope that our firefighters can bring some kind of welcome relief to communities who have been struck so hard by these blazes.

“I wish our latest team all the best and urge them to stay safe.”

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