54 Fijian army personnel depart for Australia

Part of the army contingent who have been deployed to Australia to help combat the bushfire crisis there. Picture: SUPPLIED

The 54-member engineering contingent from the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces departed for Australia today to assist in combatting the bushfire crisis there.

And with RFMF personnel and disaster officials attending to the needs of Fijians affected by TC Tino, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says this is a proud day to be a Fijian as the nation comes to the aid of the climate-vulnerable.

“Australians have been there for our people in the aftermath of past disasters, and Fiji is proud to do the same in this time of great need,” Mr Bainimarama said in a statement issued this evening.

“It speaks to the capacity of the RFMF and the goodness of the Fijian character that we are willing and able to stand in solidarity with Australia while aiding our own citizens at home.

“As Australians battle the bushfire crisis and Fijians recover from cyclones Sarai and Tino, we are bearing witness to the powerful resilience of the Pacific spirit.

“I have long said that we are all in the same canoe when it comes to combatting climate change. While the climate emergency presents a new and frightening reality, if we paddle together, there is no challenge we cannot overcome.”

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