Defence join emergency effort for NSW floods

With the New South Wales floods continuing, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has joined the rescue and relief effort.

The Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, said the ADF will provide 2 search and rescue helicopters.

“The search and rescue choppers will be able to work through night and day and supporting personnel will be made available to make this happen,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Both will have the capability to winch and recover in the dangerous flood areas.

“They will operate out of Nowra and Bega on the New South Wales south coast.

“To coordinate the efforts of the ADF with the State Emergency Services, an Air Element Commander will be working within the SES State Control Centre in Wollongong.

“The State Emergency Services have been working around the clock saving lives and protecting property.

“With the rain still coming and people isolated the flooding is far from over.

“The addition of the ADF will add a critical capability and expertise to the State Emergency Services’ gallant efforts.

“And we can all do our bit by heeding the advice of the brave men and women that are putting their lives on the line for us.”

The ADF personnel and helicopters will start their efforts tomorrow.

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