Army to support Victorian flood efforts
2 March 2012
Around 35 soldiers based in Puckapunyal, Victoria left this morning for Shepparton to support local communities and assist Police and State Emergency Services dealing with the floods in northern Victoria with evacuation and rescue work.
Colonel Sean Ryan, Commandant of the Combined Arms Training Centre, said the soldiers, from the School of Armour and the School of Artillery, were put on short notice to move yesterday evening, as it became clear that a further band of heavy rain is likely to hit the northern part of Victoria on Saturday.
“The soldiers, equipped with high clearance UNIMOG and MACK trucks, and four-wheel drive vehicles, are moving to the area north of Shepparton today, and another similar sized unit is on standby,” Colonel Ryan said.
“This is not the Army’s first response to flood events in Victoria, with teams from Puckapunyal deploying in August 2010 to assist locals.
“The Army's response of high mobility trucks and professional dedicated soldiers demonstrates the Army's continued responsiveness to serving fellow Australians in a time of need.”
Following a request from the relevant state or territory government to Emergency Management Australia, Defence provides emergency assistance to the community when civilian resources are inadequate, unavailable or cannot be mobilised in time.
This enables the Australian Defence Force to contribute in order to save human life, alleviate suffering and prevent loss of animal life or property.
Troops were due to arrive in Shepparton at approximately 11:00am Friday, 2 March 2012.
Dougie McGuire – Defence Public Affairs VIC/TAS – 0418 399 780
Defence Media Operations – (02) 6127 1999