Local firies head to SA to help battle blazes
FIREFIGHTERS from the Northern Rivers have arrived in South Australia to help battle the devastating fires which are raging across the state.
Rural Fire Service Northern Rivers zone manager, Superintendent Michael Brett, said 21 volunteers from the Far North Coast and Northern Rivers zones travelled to South Australia this morning.
He said they were going to Port Augusta and would be deployed into fire grounds in northern South Australia, "providing relief to local and other RFS fire fighters who were deployed last week".
"These fire fighters will bolster the already 200 RFS fire fighters and staff who are currently engaged in fire fighting operations within South Australia," Supt Brett said,
"We have all seen the devastation and impact from fires unfold across much of west, south and eastern Australia over many weeks which has only prompted our local RFS volunteer members to offer their assistance to a distant community.
"Our fire fighters will be deployed on an initial five day commitment working predominately on fires burning to the north of Port Augusta at which time assessments will be made regarding the need for replacement fire fighters to be sent.
"The ability to deploy these resources into other areas of the state and interstate is well planned and rehearsed.
"It ensures we still maintain capacity locally to deal with any fire and emergency operations within both the Northern Rivers and Far North Coast Zones."
Authorities in South Australia have urged residents to remain on high alert.