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States of readiness

Envoy Warwick Wilson receives award from Prime Minister Gillard
Emergency Services Coordinator, Envoy Warwick Wilson with PM Julia Gillard

This report from Envoy Warwick Wilson details assistance rendered to others in emergencies and crises in 2014/2015

Our emergency services are in high demand and continue to offer a response to many incidents and natural disasters across the territory.

Emergency services personnel were present at bushfires in all mainland states, including a fire in the Adelaide Hills that consumed 30 homes. They were on duty during search and rescue operations, including four instances where the missing person was dead when they were found.

Emergency services personnel attended and provided support at apartment fires, including one that displaced 500 people. They also attended numerous building and industrial fires. They gave assistance at police incidents, supported at a riot in a Melbourne prison, supported at terrorism scenario exercises etc., and supported the funerals of emergency services volunteers.

Additional community events supported included some 15 memorial services for returned services personnel, supporting more than 20,000 people. Emergency services also supported more than 500 young patrons at a rock music festival and supported community fundraisers for causes such as cancer research and care, etc.

All up during the 2014-2015 financial year the Australia Southern Territory’s emergency services provided more than 50,000 meals, and provided refreshments to more than 25,000 community members. They attended more than 250 incidents, as more than 280 volunteers gave more than 18,000 volunteer hours and gave in excess of $120,000 worth of financial support to homeowners impacted by fires.

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