North East CFA vol­un­teers head to help city fire­fight­ers

Mansfield Courier - - News - By STEVE KELLY

DISTRICT 23 CFA ¿UH¿JKWHUV KDYH JLYHQ UHOLHI WR FUHZV DW WKH %XQ\LS ¿UH send­ing 60 per­son­nel in two shifts to the blaze since Sat­ur­day.

Yes­ter­day af­ter­noon more WKDQ KHFWDUHV ZHUH EXUQW DFURVV WKH %XQ\LS /LFROD 'DUJR DQG <LQQDU 6RXWK ¿UHV ZLWK PRUH WKDQ per­son­nel at­tend­ing.

Wan­garatta South Fire Bri­gade cap­tain Garry Nash said his strike team (made up of 30 CFA mem­bers) was the sec­ond shift and yes­ter­day af­ter­noon they were tasked with check­ing as­sets for dam­age and sig­nalling trees IRU UHPRYDO LQ *DU¿HOG 1RUWK near Gym­buya World.

“The ground is sim­i­lar to a peat and there is zero mois­ture in the soil which is very hot so there are a few spot ¿UHV ÀDULQJ XS ´ 0U 1DVK VDLG IURP WKH ¿UH JURXQG yes­ter­day.

“The res­i­dents are very frus­trated and dev­as­tated by prop­erty losses but they are mostly grate­ful of the work &)$ PHPEHUV DUH GRLQJ ´

' RI¿FHU 3DXO 6FUDJJ VDLG ZLWK ¿UHV VWDUWLQJ LQ WKH 1RUWK East yes­ter­day due to light­ning strikes it was im­por­tant that re­sources are kept in this re­gion.

PHOTO: Jeff Zeuschner

SET­TING OFF: Strike team leader Garry Nash (left) and deputy David Salau (right) ad­dress CFA vol­un­teers set­ting off for the Bun­yip fires from Wan­garatta on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

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