Posted November 13, 2018 16:30:17 The National Fire Service is asking for your help in the battle against the bushfires that are destroying homes and businesses across Australia.
Key points:More than 60,000 hectares of property have been damaged in the past 24 hoursThe fire has destroyed nearly two million hectares in Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and TasmaniaThe blaze has claimed more than 2,000 lives in just four weeksThe NFS has been forced to call on the private sector to help in battle against fires, with the firefighting operation focusing on areas affected by the fires, and its ability to respond quickly and efficiently.
“We have a massive amount of equipment in place, we have fire fighters deployed in all the regions that are affected by these fires,” NSW Deputy Premier Michael Kroger said.
“It’s an extremely complex situation and we’re trying to work with the private industry to help us deal with this fire.”
There’s a lot of people out there who are going to have to be involved in that firefighting, and that’s something that we’ll be working with.
“He said the state was working with other states and territories to coordinate their own efforts.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has been trying to coordinate the private firefighting efforts in the region.
Its chief executive, Mike Snedden, said the response in Victoria and the south-west was crucial.”
A lot of our operations are concentrated in the state of Victoria,” Mr Sneden said.”[And] we have an incredible firefighting capability and we’ve got some of the best firefighting capabilities in the world.
“The National Capital Region is a huge area and we are doing very well in our response there.”
That’s really important in terms of the response and the response across the country.
“In South Australia the response has been hampered by the state’s lack of infrastructure, with crews battling a bushfire burning in the remote community of Black Rock.
More than two million homes and business have been destroyed in the fires that have swept across parts of Victoria, NSW and Tasmania, with nearly two thirds of the affected regions declared safe.”
All of the infrastructure is not adequate, but we’re in the process of getting it to where we need it,” Mr Kroger told ABC radio.”
What we’ve been able to do in the last 48 hours has been a huge amount of work and we’ll continue to do that, but the resources and the work that we’ve done so far in Victoria is going to be extremely important.
“I would encourage everyone to take advantage of that time in their lives, and make sure that they’re out there doing what they can to help their communities.”
The Victorian Premier has already called on the federal government to help with the fires.
“Every time we do something we do it because we know that the fire is getting out of control, we’re not going to get it under control and we have to stop it from getting out again,” Premier Daniel Andrews said on Thursday.
“And if we’re going to do anything about this we need to be prepared, we need the assistance of the federal Government.”
This is a major fire situation and I want everyone to get on board with that.
“Fire crews were also trying to deal with a bush fire burning in Hobart’s central business district, where there was a high level of damage to homes.”
They are not ready for this, but I’m hoping to see them out in a couple of days,” Hobart Mayor Michael Hooper said.
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