Two of Forestry Corporation’s most experienced fire specialists have been deployed to assist with the bushfire emergency in Western Australia.
Andrew Condie from Batemans Bay and Brody Wickham from Tamworth arrived in Karratha this week to help with the operation to contain several large fires burning across the state.
Andrew, a protection coordinator, is an expert in managing heavy plant while Brody, a fire training coordinator, has vast experience in firefighting throughout western NSW.
Over in the west, it has been a busy and early start to the bushfire season with lightning setting the dry landscape ablaze.
The arrival of interstate firefighters will help relieve Western Australian crews who have worked to contain major bushfire fronts over the past two weeks.
The deployments come after Western Australia’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services sent 17 volunteer firefighters to help contain fires in northern NSW.
“Interstate crews recently assisted us during those fires on the Northern Tablelands, around Tenterfield and Inverell and in turn we are assisting Western Australia with their fires now,” Forestry Corporation’s Fire and Natural Hazards Manager Rebel Talbert said.
“The firefighting community supports each other based on need and this also gives our personnel valuable experience in other parts of Australia.”
Forestry Corporation is one of NSW’s four core firefighting agencies working in with the NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and National Parks and Wildlife to safeguard the state from fire.
Forestry Corporation manages 2-million hectares of state forests across NSW, with all staff working in firefighting capacities and fire support roles.