Victorian emergency services return after NSW flood support

16 March 2022
A group of emergency services personnel posing at the airport

Victorian flood recovery support to NSW has come to a close, with a taskforce of 44 emergency service personnel returning yesterday.

The teams, which included 40 community liaison officers, have been assisting in the flood recovery which displaced thousands of people across the state and in Queensland.

Victoria’s strong and ongoing relationships with other states mean we can share personnel, skills, knowledge, equipment and experience. Since 1 March, 190 Victorians have been deployed to assist in NSW. This includes community liaison officers, field storm crew, incident management team personnel, task force leaders and jurisdictional support team members.

Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp thanked Victorian emergency services volunteers and staff for their incredible effort.

“Teams across multiple agencies have really come together to help where it is needed most. They can arrive home today knowing they’ve made a significant contribution to emergency services and the communities in NSW,” he said.

The teams helped those hit worst by the floods, providing situational updates and information about road access, housing, accommodation services and other support services.

A total of 16 Water Police and Search and Rescue squads from Victoria Police have also returned, following deployment to Lismore, Ballina and metropolitan Sydney areas. The squads performed multiple rescues, staged proactive patrols and provided specialist advice on search co-ordination.

The Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry is providing support in recovery centres in far north NSW. The team of six will assist The Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network for around eight days, with subsequent shifts likely to follow.

The flood situation in NSW and Queensland is a timely reminder for everyone in Victoria to never walk, ride or drive through floodwater.

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