Ararat tanker heads to NSW ahead of catastrophic conditions

Ararat Fire Brigade’s tanker two has left Ararat this morning, joining a taskforce of CFA members heading to New South Wales to provide support during the state’s bushfire emergency.

Victoria’s Country Authority has answered the call for more firefighting resources, sending more than 300 CFA members interstate to assist as the state prepares for a day of catastrophic danger tomorrow.

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The task force is made up of 286 firefighters, 18 supporting resources, as well as six additional task force members and one CFA Liaison Officer to be stationed at RFS Headquarters.

The 11 strike teams from across the state were grouped into two task forces yesterday and are aiming to be positioned by 7pm tonight.

Ararat’s tanker will be a part of Strike Team District 15/16 in taskforce two, and will be based at Goulburn. The second task force will be based in the Hunter Region.

State Duty Officer John Katakouzinos said it’s important for interstate firefighting crews to lend a hand to help minimise the damage.

“We’d like to thank not only the firefighters who give up their time to protect lives and properties in NSW, but also the families, loved ones and businesses that allow our members to assist with this emergency,” Mr Katakouzinos said.

“It’s important to recognise all our support members working to transport CFA vehicles to the bushfire areas and the resources working to assist crews to safely work on the fire grounds.”

“It’s important we continue to work as one to take on the tragic bushfires currently gripping NSW.”

Ararat’s Fire Brigade shared a Facebook post this morning, sending of the crew by sharing a video of their departure.

“To all employers who have released our volunteer Firefighters to respond to the NSW bushfires; thank you and well done! Aussie spirit alive and well,” it read.

Two additional CFA strike teams also departed from Melbourne Airport at 10am this morning to provide further assistance at the Glen Innes which has been one of the worst affected areas.