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NSW Fire Brigades deploys strike teams to assist SES

Published: 9th June 2007

With storms and flooding continuing across the Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney Metropolitan areas today, the NSW Fire Brigades (NSWFB) has attended hundreds of incidents.

Storm-related assistance has included help with local flooding, fallen trees, damaged houses, motor vehicle accidents and fallen powerlines.

The SES is in charge of coordinating efforts to assist the public during severe storms and weather damage.  For the second day, the NSWFB has deployed a strike team of four fire engines and 16 firefighters and officers to Terrey Hills to support the SES.

Two strike teams, with a total of eight fire engines and 32 firefighters and officers, have been deployed from the greater Sydney area to assist SES efforts in Erina and Wyong.

A strike team of four fire engines and 16 firefighters has been sent to assist in Newcastle. Nine of these firefighters are recruits in training from the NSWFB’s college in Alexandria.

A strike team of 20 firefighters from Kempsey, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie has been deployed to the northern side of the Hunter River, ensuring NSWFB resources are positioned on both sides of the river in case of possible overnight flooding.

The community is reminded to contact the SES for flood and storm-related assistance on 132500.  For police, fire or ambulance emergencies, please call 000 (triple zero).