Fire Rescue Victoria firefighters are being deployed to Queensland to lend a helping hand to flood-ravaged communities.
Three strike teams of swift water rescue specialists are flying out from Melbourne this afternoon to join in the rescue efforts in South East Queensland where deadly floods have claimed lives and devastated homes and businesses.
In total, 15 FRV personnel are being deployed, including Command staff and swift water rescue operators. Once on the ground, they will provide crucial swift water rescue support to bolster the efforts of local emergency services, including performing rescues and evacuations, delivering care and assisting with recovery.
It’s expected these crews will remain in Queensland for a week. It is not the first time FRV has provided aid interstate. In March 2021, FRV firefighters were deployed to NSW to assist in managing a major flood event.
Fire Rescue Commissioner Ken Block said FRV was proud to answer the call from our interstate colleagues.
“Our Queensland communities are facing a devastating and severe weather event and it is only fitting that we do everything we can to support them,” Commissioner Block said.
“With further rainfall predicted and floods expected to worsen, emergency services will have their work cut out for them.
“Our highly skilled strike teams have extensive experience and training including performing complex rescues in fast-moving water.
“They are well-prepared for any scenario they may face on the ground in flood-affected communities.”
Commissioner Block praised the efforts of Queensland emergency services battling to keep the community safe.
“Our interstate colleagues are doing an outstanding job under challenging conditions,” he said.
“Our thoughts are with them and with all who are impacted by these events, particularly the families of those who have lost their lives.
“FRV is always on standby to provide assistance during large-scale emergencies. Wherever and whenever we are called on to help, we will be there.”
Reviewed 28 February 2022