Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


NZ firefighters deployed to Western USA

Hon Rick Barker
Minister of Internal Affairs

9 August 2006
Media Release

NZ firefighters deployed to Western USA

Ten New Zealand rural fire service personnel are being deployed immediately to the Western United States to help fight wildfires, Rick Barker said today.

"These firefighters will form part of a 50 strong joint Australian-New Zealand response to a request for urgent assistance from the combined United States fire agencies," said Rick Barker.

New Zealand, Australia and the US are parties to mutual assistance agreements covering the provision of specialist wildfire fighting capability in times of need. The agreements stipulate that the host country pays for the deployment.

“The mutual assistance agreements work both ways – we provide additional capability at times of extreme fire conditions abroad, gain experience in working in large incidents and build our capability; and we know that in a time of need we will receive the same support," said Rick Barker.

"New Zealand has sent personnel to both Australia and the US several times. Previous deployments to America were made in 2000, 2002 and 2003.

“We are pleased to continue the proud tradition of international support in wildfire fighting built up over the last decade," said Rick Barker.

Those deployed are employed in a wide range of organisations including the Department of Conservation, forest companies, local authorities and Rural Fire Districts around the country.

They will provide divisional supervision, helicopter management and area liaison capability.

“I know our personnel will respond positively to the inevitable challenges they will face and I wish them a safe return," said Rick Barker.

The deployment is expected to last for 30 days and it is possible a second deployment will follow depending on the fire conditions prevailing at that time.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news