Nova Scotia’s Wildfire Fighters and Equipment to Help in Ontario and Quebec

Lands and Forestry

July 11, 2018 12:44 PM

Nova Scotia is sending aid to Ontario and Quebec to help control forest fires.

A 20-person crew from the Department of Lands and Forestry is leaving Halifax for Sudbury on Thursday, July 12. The crew will form five four-person initial attack crews to fight fires burning in Ontario. A safety officer will also travel to Ontario to work with a team from Alberta to help co-ordinate resources.

Nova Scotia is also sending four staff with expertise in co-ordinating resources, as well as 50,000 feet of hose, to Quebec to aid in firefighting efforts in that province. The equipment left today, July 11 and staff will leave on Thursday, July 12.

The assistance from Nova Scotia was requested through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre to help control and extinguish the wildfires. Nova Scotia’s current fire conditions allow for these resources to be shared and the Department of Lands and Forestry will ensure that proper firefighting resources are maintained within the province.

Nova Scotia is a member of the Canadian Mutual Aid Resource Sharing Agreement, established in the early 1980s, which ensures all provinces and territories will receive help if forest fires become too big to handle. The affected province covers the costs of the jurisdictions sending help.


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     A 20-person crew from the Department of Lands and Forestry

is leaving Halifax on Thursday (July 12th) to help fight

wildfires in Ontario. A safety officer will also travel to

Ontario to work with a team from Alberta to help co-ordinate

resources.

     Nova Scotia is also sending four staff with expertise in

co-ordinating resources, as well as fifty-thousand feet of hose,

to Quebec to aid in firefighting efforts in that province. The

equipment left today (July 11th) and staff will leave on

Thursday (July 12th).

     Nova Scotia’s current fire conditions allow for these

resources to be shared and the Department of Lands and Forestry

will ensure that proper firefighting resources are maintained

within the province.

     Nova Scotia is a member of the Canadian Mutual Aid Resource

Sharing Agreement which ensures all provinces and territories

will receive help if forest fires become too big to handle. The

affected province covers the costs of those sending help.

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Media Contact: Bruce Nunn
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