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Canberra firefighters fly out to fight Western Australian bushfires

A contingent of ACT fire fighters has answered a call for help from their Western Australian counterparts to assist with fire emergency in the state's south west.

Police and Emergency Services Minister Joy Burch said Canberrans should be proud of the 18 personnel who will land in Western Australia for a five day deployment to begin on Sunday.  

"During times of crisis, emergency crews from other jurisdictions support one another and offer to send resources," she said.

 "The ACT has received a formal request from the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services to help fight fires and provide other emergency support in the O'Sullivan and Lower Hotham fires in the south-west of the state."

The group will provide extra hands for the WAincident management, fire operations and on the ground teams in the roles of divisional commander, sector leader, specialist chainsaw operators and intensive care paramedics.

Ms Burch wished the travelling personnel well but said further assistance may be requested during the Western Australia fire emergency.