CBC: Seven more Alberta firefighters sent to fight Australia’s fires

‘I think the call for help is something that resonates with a lot of Alberta firefighters’

Emily Rendell-Watson · CBC News · Posted: Jan 04, 2020 9:14 PM MT | Last Updated: January 4

Specialists in air attack, fire behaviour and operations are among the Albertans who will join the teams already on the ground in Australia. (Manuel Carrillos Avalos/CBC)

Seven more firefighters from Alberta Wildfire left on Saturday to help battle the intense fires in Australia. 

By Monday, 34 Alberta firefighters will have been deployed since Dec. 3.

“I definitely feel proud to represent Alberta and Canada,” said Rob Anderson, a wildfire air attack officer with Alberta Wildfire. “All I can do is rely on my past training and experience and be confident that I can do the job.” 

Anderson, who is headed to New South Wales for 38 days, is no stranger to large blazes. He worked on the Fort McMurray fire in 2016 and the Slave Lake fire in 2011, coordinating airspace and water bombing the flames. 

“I know they’re going through a tough time so I’m just going to do my best to have some empathy,” said Anderson. 

As of Saturday, 23 people have died and more than five million hectares have burned due to the widespread fires.

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