Victorian swift water rescue specialists to support Queensland following record-breaking floods

28 February 2022
A group of people in Fire Rescue Victoria uniforms facing Victoria's Emergency Comissioner

A team of swift water rescue specialists and support staff from Victoria are deploying to Queensland today, following widespread flooding in the south-east of the state.

The team from Fire Rescue Victoria includes three four-person swift water rescue crews, a strike team leader, a liaison officer and an administration officer. They are expected to be deployed for one week.

Queensland has experienced record-breaking flooding in recent days, which will likely result in more requests for assistance. Swift water rescue teams can perform complex rescues, including pulling people from fast-moving water. They can also conduct evacuations and deliver supplies.

Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said Victoria would continue to monitor the situation in Queensland and thanked Victorian personnel for answering the call to assist.

“We’ll continue to have the conversation with the National Resource Centre and all states and territories, to look at any additional resourcing that is required over the next few days, weeks and months,” said Commissioner Crisp.

Victoria’s strong and ongoing relationships with other states mean we can share personnel, skills, knowledge, equipment and experience. The deployment will provide important additional capacity to Queensland but will not have any impact on Victoria’s operational capability.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting rain and possible thunderstorms in Victoria this week, however not to the extent of Queensland. Commissioner Crisp said this was a timely reminder for everyone in Victoria and across the country to never walk, ride or drive through floodwater.

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