British Columbia is sending 41 firefighting personnel to Manitoba to assist that province with its firefighting efforts. Thirteen three-person initial attack crews and two agency representatives are leaving for Winnipeg today, and from there will be moved to areas where they are needed.
Because of an increase in the number of fires and fire activity, the Province of Manitoba is requesting additional resources through the Canadian Interagency Fire Fighting Centre. The centre allows for the mutual sharing of resources between BC and other jurisdictions. Crews can be deployed for up to 14 days, but can be recalled at any time if the situation in BC should change.
Sufficient personnel and resources remain in BC at all times. Costs for the deployment will be covered by the Manitoba government under the Mutual Aid Resources Sharing Agreement, which allows for the movement of firefighting resources across Canada.
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