Army’s Op Bushfire Assist update 6 January

Army issued the following update of its bushfire assistance operations today.

CAPTION: Plant operators Cpl Duncan Keith and Sapper Ian Larner of the 22nd Engineer Regiment use a 434 backhoe to assist staff from Forestry Management Victoria to clear fire-damaged trees from the Great Alpine Road between Bairnsdale and Omeo during Operation Bushfire Assist 19-20. Photo by Private Michael Currie.

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More than 80 Army Reservists, including an Army chaplain, have deployed in a convoy of Army vehicles with much needed supplies to Kangaroo Island.

Another CH-47F Chinook helicopter was deployed from Townsville to join the three CH-47F Chinook helicopters currently operating from RAAF Base East Sale to provide support to firefighting operations as well as provide humanitarian assistance to remote and isolated communities.

Deployment of engineering reconnaissance in NSW to build a clearer picture of the expected route clearance and recovery operations that will be required. Army engineers will be in position in Maitland, Mudgee, Nowra and the Southern Highlands to commence recovery tasking.

 

Members from 1st Brigade in Adelaide and Darwin are on their way to Victoria to assist fire-affected areas.

Members from 5th Brigade have deployed out of Holsworthy Barracks, NSW, with much-needed relief supplies to fire-affect communities.

Environmental-health specialists have been deployed to certify bulk water trucks for the carriage of potable water to NSW.

A convoy of two battlegroups from 7th Brigade will depart Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane tomorrow morning at 6am for Victoria and NSW to assist with bushfire efforts in those states. The two battlegroups will comprise personnel, equipment and vehicles from 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment and 7th Combat Service Support Battalion, which are part of Brisbane’s 7th Brigade.

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