Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia firefighters headed to Ontario

Nova Scotia is sending a crew to northern Ontario to help battle forest fires.

Nova Scotia is sending a crew to northern Ontario to help battle forest fires.

The Department of Natural Resources says 21 firefighters will leave Thursday for a two-week deployment.

The aid comes in response to a request from the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre to help control and extinguish the Ontario fires.

N.S. has had a relatively quiet fire season so far this year.

Charlie Parker, the province's Minister of Natural Resources, said helping Ontario in its time of need gives staff an opportunity to test their skills and training.

N.S. is a member of the Canadian Mutual Aid Resource Sharing Agreement, established in the early 1980s. It ensures all provinces and territories will receive help if forest fires become too big for them to handle.

The crew will first go to Thunder Bay to be briefed and will then be deployed to Northern Ontario.

They'll work 12-hour shifts in remote areas, only reachable by helicopter, and live in tents, with limited facilities.

The province sent two firefighting crews to Alberta earlier this season.

with files from the Canadian Press

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