Los Angeles: Firefighters from provinces across Canada have volunteered to give up Christmas with their families and fly to Australia to help with the bushfire crisis.
The crack team has answered Australia's call for help during what's expected to be one of the country's worst bushfire seasons on record.
Australian officials submitted an official request to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, based in Winnipeg, on Friday and on the weekend, with dozens of experienced firefighters in different provinces preparing to give up Christmas and fly to Australia.
Almost 1200 firefighters are tackling large bushfires on the NSW mid-north coast among scores of blazes around the state. Credit:AAP
Firefighters will gather in Vancouver on Tuesday before flying to Sydney for an expected 38-day deployment.
"We are pleased to help the people of Australia as they face these devastating fires, especially since Manitoba has been on the receiving end of help from friends and neighbours when wildfires and other natural disasters hit our province," premier of the Canadian province of Manitoba, Brian Pallister, said.
Manitoba is sending two firefighters with British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Parks Canada contributing 19 others.
"There's nothing more Manitoban than offering a helping hand when someone else is in need," Mr Pallister said.
The Canadians will assist with a variety of roles within the incident management team, including planning, aviation and operations.
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