RENO — Four Bureau of Land Management firefighters recently returned from assisting with the fire suppression efforts in Australia. But two more have been sent to Australia and BLM plans to send three more in the coming weeks bringing the total amount of firefighters sent to assist to 11.
All will be returning sometime in March.
“We’re proud of the volunteers who have stepped up to assist with the suppression efforts in Australia since December 2019,” said Paul Petersen, BLM Nevada fire management officer. “Our ability to contribute to is a testament to the training and experience of our personnel and a way to give back to a country that has provided assistance to us many times.”
Australia and the U.S. have conducted exchanges in techniques, policies and information as far back as 1964. Australia has sent fire specialists to the U.S. six times since 2000. The United States has sent firefighters and fire managers to assist with Australia fires four times since 2003.