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Victorian fire and emergency services deployed in Tasmania

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07 Jan 2013
Three MFB firefighters are amongst 64 Victorian fire services personnel who have travelled to Tasmania to assist with the bushfires.

Acting Premier and Minister for Bushfire Response Peter Ryan was at Tullamarine Airport yesterday to see off 64 Victorians who have been deployed to Hobart and Launceston.

MFB firefighters deployed include Commanders Darren Davies, Costa Katsikis and Denis Rich who will commence their tour of duty today.  

“(On Saturday) night I spoke with Tasmania’s Acting Premier Bryan Green to assure him of the sympathy and support of all Victorians,” Mr Ryan said.

“I also emphasised that we would make assistance available in any way we possibly could. That is what we are now doing.

“In the weeks following the devastation of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires Tasmania, along with other states, answered our request for assistance by sending personnel to help with the aftermath.

“As Tasmania now faces serious bushfires, we are ready to help them in their time of need.  Staff and volunteers from air operations, incident management and three strike teams from CFA, MFB, the Department of Sustainability and Environment, and Parks Victoria will join their Tasmanian colleagues from today until later this week.”

Mr Ryan said Victoria had 8,000 personnel on standby and firefighting equipment deployed throughout Victoria.

“The high levels of preparation we have put in for this fire season mean we are in a strong position to provide much-needed support in Hobart and Launceston,” Mr Ryan said.

“Tasmania has the need, and we have the capability.”

Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said the deployment of the 64 people did not impact on the capacity to manage fires in Victoria this week.

“We wish our staff and volunteers the very best in their efforts to support Tasmania,” Mr Lapsley said.

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