Three Nova Scotians to join Canadian team heading to help fight Australian wildfires


The provincial government says three staff from the Department of Lands and Forestry will be leaving tomorrow to join a Canadian team heading to Australia to help battle ongoing wildfires.

The team of 27 from across the country will meet in Vancouver and travel together to the state of Victoria in Australia.

Government says the Nova Scotians will fill wildfire management roles critical to frontline operations.

This includes incident commander, basecamp manager and planning section chief. 

Paul Schnurr, incident commander, Department of Lands and Forestry, says, "We're happy to be able to help another country in its time of need. Australia has been there for Canada when we needed them on some of our big fires, it feels great to be able to return the favour."