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Three Nova Scotians heading to Australia to help fight wildfires

The staff from the Department of Lands and Forestry will fill wildfire management roles critical to frontline operations.
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Department of Natural Resources firefighters look over a map on site at Seven Mile Lake fire in Annapolis County. (Communications Nova Scotia)

Three Nova Scotians are joining a team from across Canada to help battle the ongoing wildfires in Australia.

The staff from the Department of Lands and Forestry will fill wildfire management roles critical to frontline operations. 

"We have some of the top wildfire fighting expertise in the country available in our department and our staff are ready to support efforts to fight the wildfires burning across Australia," said Iain Rankin, Minister of Lands and Forestry in a news release. 

"I wish them all safe travels and look forward to welcoming them home safe and sound once their work is done."

They'll leave Halifax Stanfield International Airport Wednesday afternoon to meet up with a team of 27 Canadians in Vancouver, then all travel together to the state of Victoria.

The province says Nova Scotia recently finalized a reciprocal arrangement allowing them to participate in the coordinated effort.




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