Elite N.S. fire­fight­ers to bat­tle B.C. wild­fires

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

HAL­I­FAX — A group of elite Nova Sco­tia fire­fight­ers will join the front lines bat­tling wild­fires burn­ing across Bri­tish Columbia.

Jim Rud­der­ham, for­est pro­tec­tion op­er­a­tions man­ager for Nova Sco­tia, says 20 highly-trained fire­fight­ers and a man­ager will board a char­tered plane in Hal­i­fax that is trans­port­ing fire­fight­ers from across the re­gion to Kam­loops and Prince Ge­orge in the Bri­tish Columbia in­te­rior on Tues­day.

He says the “Type 1” fire­fight­ers have passed rig­or­ous phys­i­cal fit­ness and skills train­ing tests. Rud­der­ham says the crew, made up of 19 men and one woman, will likely be as­signed to “hold the line” of the fires to stop them from spread­ing on the ground.

He says the crew will work 12-hour shifts for 14 days straight in hot, dusty and dan­ger­ous con­di­tions.

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