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hrecruit
01-17-2007, 09:00 AM
INTERNATIONAL - NINE specialist firefighters from Canada will be sent to Gippsland to help fight fires that have now burnt nearly a million hectares of the state.

The firefighters completed their final training drills at Point Cook RAAF airfield last Friday morning.

The team is trained to rappel from a hovering helicopter in areas where the terrain does not allow the helicopter to land.

A primary job for the crew is to load and unload slings of equipment and supplies needed for firefighting.

Canada and Australia have been helping each other during peak fire seasons since the early 1990s.

Source: www.starnewsgroup.com (click for full story) (http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au/story/33403)

cdnbacon
01-17-2007, 09:36 AM
Gee Thanks.:rolleyes: Just have to rub it in that I didn't get to go. Want some salt to rub into my wounds as well.