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12/02/2011 – SES Volunteers Deploy to Queensland

Today a taskforce of 30 SES Volunteers and two FESA staff members left Perth to fly to cyclone damage Cairns in North Queensland.  The 30 SES Volunteers come from SES Units in Metropolitan area, Mandurah, Bunbury, Murray and Augusta.  Taskforce members will provide assistance to the Queensland community repairing damaged homes and other tasks as required assisting them in returning to normality.

FESA Chief Executive Officer Jo Harrison-Ward said it was the third team WA had deployed to Queensland since the state experienced severe floods and the latest cyclone.   WA was asked to send assistance and despite our own recent floods and bushfires, our hard working SES volunteers are always willing to help fellow Australians who need a hand, Ms Harrison-Ward said. 

The SES Volunteers forming the taskforce are intensively trained in all aspects of damage repair and recovery operations and well as all the safety techniques required for these types of operations.  he journey to Queensland started with the taskforce member’s assembling at the FESA Belmont Office for an operational briefing before taking the short trip to Perth Airport to board their aircraft.

I am sure the thoughts and best wishes all everyone in WA goes with for safe journey and deployment in Queensland.  Our gratitude must also go the families of the SES Volunteers who support them during operations and also the also we acknowledge the contribution of WA workplaces that agree to release their staff so the volunteers can be deployed.





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