CT firefighters head to Quebec to battle wild fires

A 19-person crew of public and private firefighters from Connecticut will leave early Saturday morning for Canada to assist firefighting efforts against long-burning wild fires in northern Quebec.

The crew consists of nine state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) firefighters and 10 other firefighters. The Connecticut contingent will be deployed in Quebec for up to two weeks.

Have completed training program

DEEP maintains a roster of agency staff members and personnel from local fire departments who have been certified to fight forest or wildfires. Crew members must complete a rigorous training program and participate in an annual renewal course.

The crew assisting Canada is under the auspices of the Northeast Forest Fire Compact. The compact is a mutual aid agreement between several northeastern states and eastern Canadian provinces.

The Connecticut firefighters will be departing from DEEP Eastern District headquarters in Marlborough.