Fresh 'soldiers' sent to battle fires

EMERGENCY crews from the Coffs Coast continue to provide support at the Victorian bushfire emergency.

The RFS Mid North Coast team sent 39 personnel to the fire front on Tuesday, with other local crews who have already done the hard yards returning home on two flights yesterday.

Acting RFS team manager Inspector Paul Norton said local crews would be sent down every five days, and those who had already contributed would be coming home progressively.

This operation was likely to continue for the next two weeks, he said.

Mr Norton also said many fire fighters helping out in Victoria had come from Bellingen, which was experiencing its own natural disaster at the moment with extensive flooding.

The Lower North Coast RFS has 28 volunteers in Victoria, with some due back yesterday.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service and Forests NSW have also sent local contingents to Victoria.



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