Firefighters from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest will head to Australia

The agency said that fire personnel would be heading out as soon as Thursday on 30-day missions.

Posted: Jan 14, 2020 11:00 AM
Updated: Jan 14, 2020 11:08 AM

MEDFORD, Ore.  — Federal firefighting personnel from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest (RRSNF) will join another wave of U.S. resources headed to Australia in an effort to combat widespread bushfires that have wracked the country.

"As wildfires continue to burn in Australia, the United States has been sending U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service wildfire personnel to assist with ongoing wildfire suppression efforts," RRSNF said in a statement.

This time, the nationwide National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) received a request from Australian officials for several incident management teams who specialize in managing wildfires, RRSNF said. The country has also asked for aircraft managers, firefighters crews, and chainsaw operators.


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As a result, aviation support staff and line crew support from RRSNF will join the next group of U.S. personnel headed overseas.

"Those heading to Australia will begin traveling as soon as Thursday, and will be completing 30-day missions, with additional time for travel," RRSNF said.

Once deposited in Australia, U.S. firefighters are given the remainder of the day to get used to the radically different time zone and new environment before receiving operational and safety briefings from Australian fire officials.

"After thorough briefings and a safety measure review, U.S. firefighters integrate and work closely with Australian firefighters," RRSNF said.

The agency said that it would be posting updates on their comrades' progress on the RRSNF Facebook and Twitter pages, and people are encouraged to follow along.

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