ABOUT 60 Country Fire Authority volunteers from across central Victoria have been deployed to help fight the fires that have devastated New South Wales.
CFA volunteers from the Loddon Mallee region, which includes Bendigo, Swan Hill and Kerang all departed from various sites on Friday.
Ten water tanks and four support vehicles are making their way to the Blue Mountains to aid the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.
Bendigo CFA Operations manager Craig Brittain said New South Wales was in a time of need.
“We are sending two strike teams,” he said.
“They will head to Wodonga first, they will be briefed there before they head to New South Wales and offer relief and support to the Rural Fire Service.
“They will head to the Blue Mountains and be put to work.”
Mr Brittain said it was important to offer support to our neighbouring state after fire services volunteers had supported Victoria during a similar time of need.
“It is important for us to support them after what they did for us in bad times,” he said.
“We know what they are going through, especially after 2009 and what happened here.
“They have had a bad patch, especially with the weather.”
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells said in total more than 120 volunteers from Victoria would provide assistance at the Rural Fire Service headquarters.
“With the challenging conditions in New South Wales, we are more than happy to support our friends with bushfire fighting efforts in any way we can,” he said.
“New South Wales and Victorian fire agencies have a long history of assisting each other during times of need.”
More than 100 fires are burning across the state a number of them are out of control.
The Rural Fire Service said they believed a number of homes and structures had been destroyed in the fire.
Mr Brittain said he expected volunteers to return back home on Tuesday.
However he said their return was dependent on how the weather was across the weekend.
Temperatures are expected to remain in the high 20s in the greater Sydney area before rising above 30 degrees on Monday.
With the Age.