08/01/2024 04:33 PM

The third and final contingent of NSW State Emergency Service (SES) and Rural Fire Service (RFS) personnel are returning home today following an interstate deployment to Queensland.

Over the last 12 days, around 120 storm and chainsaw specialists from across NSW provided assistance to their Queensland counterparts, following destructive and damaging storms that ravaged southeast Queensland late last year.

NSW SES Acting Commissioner Deb Platz APM said the severe weather event left a trail of destruction, with numerous trees down and properties damaged across South East Queensland.

“NSW SES and RFS members from all over the state deployed to the affected areas to provide crucial support and aid in the clean-up efforts,” Acting Commissioner Platz said.

“Our dedicated members worked tirelessly alongside Queensland emergency services and residents to clear debris, remove fallen trees, tarp rooftops, and door knock to provide essential support to affected individuals and families.”

Acting Commissioner Platz said the deployment came off the back of severe weather which impacted many parts of NSW over the Christmas and New Year period.

“Here in NSW our members responded to more than 2,000 local incidents over an 11-day period,” she said.

“I thank and commend all our volunteers for their work both at home and on deployment. 

“This underscores the importance of interagency cooperation in times of need.”

NSW SES members were deployed from the following SES units: Albury, Auburn, Ballina, Bathurst, Blacktown, Broken Hill, Camden Haven, Campbelltown, Casino, Cessnock, Newcastle, Cootamundra, Cronulla, Dapto, Dubbo, Dungog, Gilgandra, Gladstone, Glen Innes, Gosford, Grafton, Griffith, Heathcote, Holroyd, Lawrence, Liverpool, Manilla, Menai, Moree, Orange, Port Macquarie, Riverina, Sutherland, Swansea, The Hills, The Shire, Tumbarumba, Upper Clarance Cluster, Wollongong, Yamba and Yass.

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