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BOP firefighters to help battle Australian fires

New Zealand firefighers are heading to Australia to help battle the wildfires in New South Wales. File photo.

Bay of Plenty firefighters will be join others around from the country in heading over to Australia to help battle the Australian fires.

On Wednesday, Fire and Emergency New Zealand is deploying 21 firefighters to New South Wales to support firefighting efforts.

"The contingent is made up of one 21-person task force (four five-person crews and a team leader) and is Fire and Emergency’s first deployment for 2020," says an FENZ spokesperson.

"A liaison officer, also part of the deployment, departed for New South Wales today."

When Wednesday’s firefighting crews depart, Fire and Emergency New Zealand will have deployed 179 personnel to assist with the Australian firefighters since the end of October.

Minister of Internal Affairs Tracey Martin will also be seeing the firefighters off.

Deployed personnel are from:

- Southland

- West Coast

- Canterbury

- Nelson

- Taranaki

- Bay of Plenty

- Thames

- Auckland

- Northland

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