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Further deployment of emergency services to assist up north

1 April 2022

Emergency service personnel from Victoria are continuing their support to communities and emergency services in the northern rivers region of NSW

The taskforce — to be sent to Coffs Harbour today — will be made up of 40 personnel from VICSES and CFA, along with 12 vehicles.  

Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said he was humbled that Victorian emergency services can continue to assist our northern neighbours.

“We had a team of 20 deploy to NSW on Sunday, and today’s further deployment will provide meaningful assistance to the communities already so heavily impacted.”  

CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan said it is terrible to see communities again stricken by severe floods.  

“Victorian volunteers put their hand up to help earlier this month, and it is moving to see them respond once again.  

“We are proud of the willingness and ability of our volunteers to help out when we can.”  

VICSES State Agency Commander Geb Abbott said that SES volunteers were committed to assisting NSW wherever possible.  

“Our volunteers have once again answered the call, leaving work and family commitments behind to assist in NSW. We thank those volunteers and their employers who have released them for deployment at short notice.

Additional deployments to support NSW are being considered by EMV, balancing the needs of Victoria’s operational capability.


The ongoing flood situation in NSW is a reminder that Victorians should connect with official sources of emergency information:

  • VicEmergency app
  • Tune in to local emergency broadcasters such as ABC local radio, commercial and select community radio stations, or SkyNews TV
  • Phone the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226
  • Follow VicEmergency on Facebook and Twitter.