26 September 2023

WA teams helping NSW with flood disaster

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Two more Emergency Services teams from Western Australia have travelled to New South Wales (NSW) to help the communities there affected in the recent flooding disaster.

Minister for Emergency Services, Stephen Dawson said a seven-member Incident Management team and a six-member Community Liaison Unit from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) have been formed, including personnel from the Pilbara, Great Southern, Lower South West and Perth metropolitan areas.

Mr Dawson said the two teams would be deployed for seven days and joined 11 Western Australian colleagues who flew to New South Wales last week for the emergency response.

He said the Community Liaison Unit would be part of a 60-strong team brought in from all around Australia.

Emergency Services Commissioner, Darren Klemm said the Community Liaison Unit comprised three DFES staff members, one from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and two State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

“They will be based in Lismore in northern NSW and will play a critical role keeping the community safe with the latest advice on flood waters and evacuation,” Commissioner Klemm said.

The Commissioner said the Incident Management Team comprised six DFES staff members and one SES volunteer.

“Their expertise in incident control, planning and intelligence will be crucial for the safety of the northern NSW community of Taree, which has also been devastated by flooding,” he said.

“The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has a team of extraordinary staff and volunteers who are driven to protect communities in emergency situations like this.

“I am incredibly proud that 13 more Emergency Services personnel have put their hands up to join 11 of their West Australian colleagues already in northern NSW to help these flood-affected jurisdictions in their time of need,” Commissioner Klemm said.

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