Section: Simon Corbell, MLA | Media Releases
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, has thanked staff and volunteers from the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ACT ESA) who were deployed to assist in recovery efforts following recent significant natural disasters, during a special function at the Legislative Assembly.
"It is a pleasure to host an event that can bring together all of those in our Emergency Services Agency who have been selflessly providing assistance other others in need in Queensland, New Zealand and Japan over the past few months," Mr Corbell said.
"Disasters can strike at any time, and in these cases, without warning which provides unique challenges in emergency response.
"The way in which each of the ACT ESA workers has responded to the respective disasters including the Queensland floods, Cyclone Yasi recovery effort as well as the New Zealand and Japan earthquake rescue and recovery efforts, has been inspiring and the outstanding efforts must be commended."
Between December 2010 and March 2011, staff and volunteers from the ACT Ambulance Service, ACT Fire Brigade, ACT State Emergency Service and the ESA's Mapping and Planning Support group were deployed into the natural disaster zones to assist other emergency service colleagues in areas affected by flood, cyclone, earthquake and tsunami.
"Members of the ESA continually put their lives in danger when working in risky environments, and are ready to assist at very short notice, often leaving their own families and careers to help others in need," Mr Corbell said.
"All of those who were deployed worked in challenging and sometimes very dangerous environments, with some of the tasks including specialist search and rescue operations in confined and unstable spaces, or flooded metropolitan areas.
"I would like to publicly thank all of the ESA workers who have assisted others in need and all Canberran's should be proud of the work these professionals do."
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