Firefighter takes on Canadian bushfires
A LOCAL Myrtleford resident was deployed to Canada to help fight large fires raging across the country side last week.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning safety officer Tracy Culhane, departed Australia on July 18, alongside nine other personnel from Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) and will take on a specialist role during his potential 42 day stay.
Made up of staff from DELWP and Parks Victoria, FFMVic personnel will provide much needed support to local crews battling fires which have already destroyed more than 130,000 hectares.
Three CFA officers have also joined the Victorian crew.
FFMVic chief fire officer Stephanie Rotarangi said the team would provide much needed assistance to the Canadian authorities who are battling British Colombia fires which have already caused the evacuation of more than 30,000 people.
“Our skilled staff are among the best in the world and I’m proud we can contribute to this international effort,” she said.
“I wish all of our crews the best of luck and offer them my thanks on behalf of all Victorians.”
Australian personnel were deployed to British Colombia to assist with firefighting efforts in 2009 and 2014.
Tracy Culhane during the morning fire briefing.
A BOOST in funding is set to help Alpine Health improve service delivery across the Alpine Shire.
State Government MP Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) confirmed last week, Alpine Health has been allocated $13.949 million – up by $446,000, or 3.4 per cent on the previous year.
Ms Symes said the funding increase is part of a record $18.12 billion statewide spend over the next year, which will support hospitals to meet demand so patients can access the care they need and deserve, more quickly and closer to home.
“This record boost means better hospitals and efficient
THE MAN FOR THE JOB: Mr Culhane’s extensive fire safety knowledge will prove invaluable as Canadians’ battle out of control blazes. He is pictured here during the morning briefing.