About 20 Nova Scotia firefighters have been asked to help fight wildfires in Manitoba. They will fly out of Halifax on Friday, May 13.
“People across Nova Scotia are concerned about Canadians out west and want to help,” said Minister of Natural Resources Lloyd Hines. “Our well-trained wildfire fighters are ready to help our western neighbours in their time of need. We wish our crew well while working under tough conditions out west, and a safe return.”
The Department of Natural Resources will ensure that proper resources are maintained within this province.
The resources from Nova Scotia were requested through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre to help control and extinguish the Manitoba wildfires.
Nova Scotia is a member of the Canadian Mutual Aid Resource Sharing Agreement, established in the early 1980s, which ensures all provinces and territories will receive help if forest fires become too big for them to handle.
The province stands ready to assist our federal and provincial colleagues as this situation unfolds.