From December 2019, 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.
Army will support for as long as they are needed.