26 September 2023

WA emergency aid continues in NSW floods

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More Western Australian emergency services specialists are continuing to be deployed and providing assistance for NSW communities affected by floods.

Eight personnel from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers comprised an initial team.

A further seven DFES employees, accompanied by an SES volunteer, followed two days later.

Minister for Emergency Services, Stephen Dawson said the teams covered a range of skills and would help with resourcing, planning, public information and issuing community warnings alongside the NSW State Emergency Service.

“The WA staff and volunteers will be based in Metford, Sydney and Wollongong,” Mr Dawson said.

“Since 4 March, 75 Western Australians have been deployed to NSW as the State battles extreme weather.”

He said people in NSW were still facing extreme challenges with floods that continued to claim lives and destroy infrastructure.

“It’s important that Western Australia continues to support these communities during this incredibly difficult time,” Mr Dawson said.

“Western Australia continues to answer any call for assistance when required and our emergency services stand ready to deploy.”

He thanked each person who had made the journey to NSW and answered the call to assist the State’s counterparts there.

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