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Operation Bushfire Assist

Operation Bushfire Assist
4 January 2020

Since the 4th January 2020, the Australian Army has moved to a significantly enhanced operational footing, to assist state and territory authorities with the bushfire emergency support.

Our thoughts go out to everyone who is affected by these bushfires – directly and indirectly. Some of our own people and families have personally experienced loss, distress and disruption and our thoughts are with you.

We also acknowledge our peoples' families, and their employers, for their support and understanding during this operation.

Army’s efforts to support Operation Bushfire Assist are building on the extraordinary efforts and courage of so many volunteer firefighters and emergency services, our people have come together with the joint team from across Defence, all levels of Government and local communities, Industry partners and so many others.

The Army is providing much needed capability and capacity to support those in need. This operation is our priority and main effort.

This is Army at its best. Stepping up to help others, to contribute in unique ways, to reassure and protect. 

We will support for as long as we are needed. 

For information on the support Defence is providing to the bushfire emergency visit the Defence website.

Army Reserve Call Out:

For the first time in Australia’s history, the Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), approved the Call Out of Australian Army Reservists to provide additional support to state and local authorities to assist fire-affected areas.

For information on Call Out, visit the Defence Reserves Support website.

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Last updated
14 January 2020
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