National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG)

Australian / America Exchange

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This page provides information about the wildland fire / bushland fire Australian American Exchange program.

2011 International Deployment Application Information

-You must apply online.

-Have your passport (s) expiration dates ready to enter.

Start Application (currently closed)

During January and February of 2007, 114 firefighters were required to adopt a completely different situational awareness. Instead of Ponderosa and Lodgepole pine, Spruce and Alpine Fir, they found themselves in Eucalyptus groves and Acacia forests. They were no longer concerned with bear encounters—instead, they looked forward to seeing Kangaroos, Wombats and Koalas. And, in the middle of the American winter, they were fighting heat, drought, and 2.4 million acre blazes!



How and Why!

Why an Australian American Exchange?

International Wildland/Bushfire Exchange Program: Australia—United States NWCG Briefing Paper

Australian Deployment Handbook

Exchange Agreement between Agencies

New Zealand "Arrangement"

New Zealand_Operating_plan

DOI's International Travel_Guide

Application for U.S.Passport by Mail Form

American Firies Battle Our Blazes and our Slang

Australia Support 2007