6 March 2009
The first fire crew assembled by the New Zealand Defence Force to assist in a multi-agency response will be returning home to New Zealand tomorrow, Saturday 7 March.
The firefighters will be one of three crews returning after three weeks assisting Australian firefighters battle bushfires in the state of Victoria.
Commander of Joint Forces New Zealand, Major General Rhys Jones said he was pleased the NZDF were able to be part of the wider New Zealand response during what was a particularly difficult time for our Anzac neighbours.
“The NZDF fire crew that headed to Victoria faced a challenging situation, but their training and teamwork saw them able to meet that challenge and be a valuable part of the New Zealand contingent.
“With all the various agencies working together, New Zealand was able to send professional crews who provided much needed assistance and I congratulate them on their efforts.”
What: Return of New Zealand firefighters from Australia
When: 2.20pm, Saturday 7 March
Where: Wellington Airport
A number of fire crews from the first contingent arrived in New Zealand on Thursday 5 March aboard a Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules.
For more information please contact Anna Sussmilch, Defence Communications Group 04 496 0286 or 021 676 338.