ADF assists fire fighting efforts in Western Australia
6 February 2015
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is assisting residents and fire fighting efforts in Western Australia.
The Australian Army’s 13th Brigade has established temporary accommodation for fire-fighters and potential evacuees from areas threatened by the fires currently burning in the state's south west.
A convoy of 10 trucks carrying around 40 soldiers and camp stores travelled to Manjimup today where 13th Brigade established a temporary camp with tents, camp stretchers, tables, chairs and lighting to support up to 200 people.
The 13th Brigade has sufficient camp stores and is ready to establish an additional 200 bed camp at a second location if required.
While the Army was establishing accommodation with some help from their Navy colleagues, a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster delivered around 40 tonnes of chemical fire retardant from RAAF Base Richmond near Sydney to RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia where the Air Force is providing parking, fuel and water support to civilian fire fighting aircraft.
The ADF support in Western Australia is provided through the Defence Assistance to the Civil Community program which allows States or Territories to make a request through the Commonwealth for ADF assistance in response to natural disasters or emergencies.
Defence stands ready to provide additional support if requested.
Defence imagery is available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20150210
Video of the C-17A departing RAAF Richmond has been fed to the Parliamentary Press Gallery.
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