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CFA teams on stand-by in northern Victoria

CFA units from Loddon Mallee and across the state are on stand-by to help southern NSW today.

January 8, 2013 4:25pm

CFA crews are on stand-by in northern Victoria.

Four CFA strike teams have been assembled and deployed to northern Victoria and are on stand-by to help with southern NSW firefighting efforts if needed.

A team from Loddon Mallee region and one from North West Metropolitan region have been sent to Wodonga TAFE staging area, while a team from CFA’s Southern Metropolitan region and one from Eastern Metropolitan region have been sent to Wangaratta Airfield.

The teams were due to arrive early this afternoon.

CFA chief officer and SCC Deputy State Controller Euan Ferguson said each strike team was made up of five tankers, a leader vehicle and 30 personnel.

‘‘These teams will be strategically based where the Victorian fire risk is the greatest and will be ready to help local crews,’’ he said.

‘‘They can also be moved quickly to assist in southern NSW, where they are experiencing an extremely serious fire day.

‘‘The strike teams can operate for an initial four-day period and plans to provide further, longer term back-up are being developed.’’

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