Minister for Defence Science and Personnel – ADF providing assistance to Tasmanian bushfire victims

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is supporting an Emergency Management Australia request on behalf of the Government of Tasmania to transport two 20-tonne mobile diesel powered generators and transformers to Tasmania in the wake of the bushfires.

Two Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster aircraft and their specialist personnel have departed RAAF Base Amberley and will arrive at Hobart International Airport later this morning.

Acting Minister for Defence, Warren Snowdon, said the generators would assist in restoring electricity to residents in the Tasman peninsular.

“The arrival of the Ergon Energy QLD equipment will hopefully provide some relief to those most affected by this week’s tragic events,” Mr Snowdon said.

“The ADF will continue working closely with Emergency Management Australia (EMA) to provide assistance to the civil community facing danger across Eastern Australia.

“Australia’s firefighters, including thousands of volunteers, are doing a great job and are facing enormous challenges to protect life and property in hundreds of areas currently facing fire emergencies. I would also like to thank all those ADF personnel who are working with EMA to provide assistance when and where it is needed,” Mr Snowdon said.

The Royal Australian Air Force operates six C-17A Globemaster heavy transport aircraft which are operated by No 36 Squadron from RAAF Base Amberley, near Brisbane.

The C-17A is a high-wing four-engine heavy transport that significantly enhances the ADF’s ability to support national and international operations, and major disaster relief efforts.

Media note:

Imagery of the arrival will be available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/12132383

The imagery will be linked in with the Bushfire Assist imagery which is available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/12132379

Media contacts:

Marcus Butler (Minister Snowdon) (02) 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999


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