Bravo Strike team arrived back in Aotearoa New Zealand on Wednesday after spending two weeks assisting our Queensland colleagues responding to a significant number of wildfires across the state.

Bravo’s arrival home marks the end of our deployment to Australia at this time as recent rainfall has made for a significant decrease in the number of active wildfires.

This second deployment carried on the work started by our Alpha Strike team who first arrived in Australia in early November at the request of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES).

Both strike teams were involved in a range of activities including extinguishing fires, dampening hotspots, creating containment lines with hand tools and patrolling fires to ensure they stay within containment lines.

This mahi (work) was completed in conjunction with community work across the state such as visiting local schools to share fire safety messages and helping to demobilise resources from Victoria back to Brisbane.

Thank you to the 53 personnel - including our Department of Conservation and forestry industry colleagues - who were a part of these two deployments and provided important aid to our Australian neighbours.

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