MP speaks on ADF fire sup­port

The Observer - - NEWS -

MEM­BER for Gladstone Glenn Butcher has re­sponded to Fed­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tives re­quest­ing Aus­tralian De­fence Force sup­port to fight the re­gion’s bush­fires.

Mr Butcher said the State Dis­as­ter Co­or­di­na­tor had asked the ADF if it could of­fer as­sis­tance “and they couldn’t of­fer any”. “Firefighting is not the ADF’s core busi­ness,” Mr Butcher said.

A govern­ment spokesman said ADF per­son­nel were “not trained as fire­fight­ers” and the state dis­as­ter co­or­di­na­tor, dis­trict dis­as­ter co­or­di­na­tor and ADF li­ai­son of­fi­cer were “of the view that the fire did not meet the thresh­old for ADF in­volve­ment”.

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