NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) is welcoming the second-round of New Zealand’s Incident Manage Team (IMT) personnel this week, with 24 new team members flying into Sydney to assist in NSW flood operations.
NSW SES Assistant Commissioner Sean Kearns said the IMT Bravo Team would continue the work of the returning Alpha Team, who have been working tirelessly with NSW SES members at the Incident Control Centre at Parkes for the past fortnight.
“We are continuing to experience a substantial amount of flooding on most inland rivers in NSW. With this event alone we are now in the 72nd day of continuous flooding response. This second team of IMT specialists will work alongside NSW SES members as well as our NSW emergency partners to respond to the needs of the communities of inland NSW.” Sean Kearns said.
“The New Zealand contingent joins a team of 18 flood rescue specialists from the Singapore Civil Defence Force, who have been in NSW for more than a week.”
The operation has been supported by a number of agencies from across Australia, including 221 personnel from the Australian Defence Force, and 58 from the National Emergency Management Agency, the Western Australian SES, and VRA Victoria.
NSW Agencies involved in the flood operations include Fire and Rescue NSW, Surf Lifesaving NSW, Marine Rescue NSW, the National Parks and Wildlife, the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
State-wide statistics past 24h through to 2pm:
Total NSW SES warnings: 77
- Emergency warnings: 13
- Watch and act: 58
- Advice: 6
Requests for assistance: 122
Flood rescues: 2
For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500. In life threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.