Bingara SES volunteers return from Brisbane storms

December 8, 2008

New South Wales (NSW) State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers and staff from across the North West Region have returned home after being deployed to assist with the Brisbane storm response operation. NSW SES volunteers supported Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) with the recovery effort.

North West SES volunteers from Bingara joined SES volunteers Moree, Warialda, Deepwater, Gunnedah, Narrabri and Tamworth to form Task Force Delta and provided assistance in the Brisbane and Ipswich area over the weekend. Damage from the storms included trees being ripped from the ground, entire roofs removed from buildings along with general storm damage across a large area of Brisbane and surrounds.

North West SES Region Controller Steve Martin acted as Task Force Commander and Region Learning and Development Officer Jean-Mary Botfield also travelled to Brisbane as Task Force Leader.

NSW SES Delta Task Force Commander, Steve Martin from Moree said, "I am intensely proud of our volunteers who have responded to the request for assistance from Emergency Management Queensland. The ability of the NSW SES volunteers to mobilise and deploy in such large numbers in a short period of time is testament to their professionalism and efficiency".

"I also want to thank the employers who have contributed to the emergency operation by allowing their staff members who are SES volunteers to leave their workplaces and join the response," he said. "Without their employers’ understanding and support, our emergency services volunteers would not be able to fulfil their commitment to assist and protect the community in times of trouble."