Time of issue: 5.30pm
Date of issue: 11 February 2011
SES crews head to Queensland to help cyclone recovery
A third team of WA emergency personnel is preparing to head to Queensland to bolster the States clean up operations after this months devastating cyclone.
Thirty FESA State Emergency Service volunteers (SES) and two FESA managers will fly to Cairns tomorrow morning for five days to lend a hand and give local emergency services a break.
Hundreds of home owners in the Cassowary Coast region need help after Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi struck North Queensland destroying homes and businesses eight days ago.
FESA Chief Executive Officer Jo Harrison-Ward said it was the third team WA had deployed to Queensland since the state experienced severe floods and the latest cyclone.
WA was asked to send assistance and despite our own recent floods and bushfires, our hard working SES volunteers are always willing to help fellow Australians who need a hand, Ms Harrison-Ward said.
Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi was one of the most powerful cyclones to affect Queensland since weather records commenced.
Ms Harrison-Ward said the team would be made up of volunteers from Metropolitan SES areas, Mandurah, Bunbury, Murray and Augusta.
WA is always happy to contribute resources to other states when we are asked to help and our volunteers generously drop everything to pitch in, she said.
FESA also acknowledges the contribution of WA workplaces that agree to release their staff so the volunteers can be deployed.
The SES volunteers will depart from Perths domestic airport at 11.10am on Saturday 11 February 2011.
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