Minister visits firefighters in Victoria
Thursday 28 Feb 2013 6:03 a.m.
A bushfire in the small community of Glenisla bordering the Grampians National Park in Victoria (AAP)
Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain leaves for Melbourne on Thursday to visit 66 New Zealand firefighters who have been helping fight bushfires in the Gippsland area.
They've been there for the last two weeks.
"The Australian firefighters in Victoria are feeling the strain of two months of work in extreme heat and difficult conditions," Mr Tremain said.
"Our team is relieving the pressure on the local fire crews and giving them an opportunity to rest and recharge."
Mr Tremain says the New Zealanders are controlling fires, building containment lines and felling dangerous trees.
"It's hard, arduous work and I want to see first-hand the conditions they're working in and to convey my appreciation."
While in Melbourne Mr Tremain will met federal Emergency Management Minister Mark Dreyfus and state Police and Emergency Services Minister Peter Ryan.