North East CFA volunteers head to help city firefighters
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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.
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“The residents are very frustrated and devastated by property losses but they are mostly grateful of the work &)$ PHPEHUV DUH GRLQJ ´
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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.