BlazeAid boosted by international volunteers

Danish fireys and French backpackers are volunteering for BlazeAid

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The Danes are coming - to help BlazeAid in its reconstruction work.

The Danes are coming - to help BlazeAid volunteers working on reconstruction tasks across fire ravaged parts of southern Australia.

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VOLUNTEERS: BlazeAid had around 16 teams working on up to 20 farms each day, in south-west Victoria, following the St Patricks Day fires.

VOLUNTEERS: BlazeAid had around 16 teams working on up to 20 farms each day, in south-west Victoria, following the St Patricks Day fires.

The Victorian based volunteer organisation works with rural families and individuals after natural disasters such as fires and floods

Volunteers work alongside rural families, to help rebuild fences and other structures, which have been damaged or destroyed.

Now BlazeAid's Australian volunteers are about to be joined by Danish firefighters, who have signed up to come "Down Under."

"We have got one out here already and there are another 10 coming in the next week to 10 days," BlazeAid vice president Chris Male said.

"We are going to get them billetted with families around the Wingham, NSW, area."

The emergency workers are part of a Facebook group 'Firefighters in Australia DK', which has more than 1800 members, consisting of firefighters, paramedics, doctors and other professional groups.

More than 300 have signed up to come to Australia.

Mrs Male said the Danes would do the same work as the Australian volunteers, but she hoped they would also be able to have "a little look at the country," as well.

"They'll be fencing, clearing debris, whatever the farmers need to get going again," she said.

"They approached us, and we were only too willing to work with them."

She said the first Danish volunteer to arrive had gone out with an assessment team.

"He saw his first kangaroo in the wild, so it was a very successful day, all around."

The Danes would not be fighting fires, as it was deemed their help was not needed.

Mrs Male said they would join French backpackers, who had also signed up for BlazeAid.

"They are young people, and they just work so hard, I can't speak highly enough of them."

BlazeAid was currently only working in NSW.

"We are not ready to go in Victoria yet, we have to make sure the fire situation is stable."

It was expected the volunteers would come for about three to four weeks.

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