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30/03/2010 – FESA’s response to the thunderstorm

Thank you for contributing towards FESA’s response to the thunderstorm which affected the wider Metropolitan area on Monday 22nd March 2010

More than 250 Metropolitan State Emergency Service volunteers, assisted by Country SES volunteers and inter-state SES volunteers (NSW, Vic and SA) put in over 13,000 hours responding to in excess of 3,000 Requests for Assistance. The SES effort was supported by Metro Fire Service (Career Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Brigade volunteers) and FESA staff.

Metro Fire’s response to the landslide at Jacob’s Ladder City of Perth and destruction at Concorde Nursing Home, City of South Perth, allowed Metro SES to focus on the wider response (including structural damage, windows and skylight damage, localized flooding and vegetation damage) and to work with other emergency services to minimize the damage and disruption to the Metropolitan area.

At the height of the response approximately 192,000 Western Power customers were without power, 182 Traffic Control Lights were unserviceable, Mitchell Fwy, Graham Farmer Fwy and Armadale Road flooded, Telstra network disrupted and QEII Medical Centre’s Emergency Department and “G” Block significantly impacted.

Whilst Media and Public Affairs responded to the hundreds of media inquiries, FESA staff rallied together to provide call-taking overflow, administration, finance and logistical support to this event.

The Bureau of Meteorology are currently analysing the event, however, it is has already been acknowledged as the biggest storm Perth has experience since 1994, and the number of call outs to this storm surpass that of 1994.

I would like to personally acknowledge and thank everybody who contributed towards FESA’s response to this event. Your efforts in helping Metropolitan SES provide a timely, quality and effective emergency service were terrific.

To our volunteers, a special thanks also to your family, friends and employers, without whose support our job would be so much harder.




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