A highly specialised team of Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) personnel from Western Australia’s Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) have been deployed to Queensland to help with the devastating effects of the floods.
Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson said WA had been prepared since the disaster started to extend help and assistance to the people of Queensland.
“Yesterday, WA was asked by the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, through the Federal Government, to send USAR assistance, and overnight FESA deployed four USAR technicians to Queensland,” Mr Johnson said.
“The WA team will be working as part of a composite team with the Northern Territory, South Australian, Victorian and Tasmanian personnel conducting building assessments or other tasks as required.
“Our USAR capability can be called upon to rescue casualties trapped by buildings, landfall or slippage as a result of the flood.”
The Minister said WA was always ready and willing to contribute resources to other States during an emergency.
Mr Johnson said at least three-quarters of Queensland had been ravaged in the past three weeks by what had been described as one of the worst floods on record.
“Our emergency services teams are on standby if further assistance is required,” he said.
“I know that the people of WA are concerned for the people of Queensland and our hearts go out to all the families who have lost loved ones in these difficult times.
“While there is no doubt that there will be a long road to recovery, I am sure the strong spirit of Queensland will never be broken and WA will do whatever we can to help the State to get back on its feet.”
The State Government yesterday announced it would donate $1million on behalf of all West Australians to support the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.
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