Soldiers clear Brisbane’s streets
28 November 2014
Soldiers from Gallipoli Barracks Enoggera, sent to assist the Queensland State Emergency Service following the Brisbane ‘superstorm’ on Thursday, have now returned to barracks after a job well done.
The Emergency Support Force (ESF) consisted of Soldiers from 8/9th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment, and supported by Headquarters 7th Brigade.
In a matter of hours following the storm the soldiers were recalled to barracks and were tasked to support State Emergency Service requirements.
7 Brigade Commander, Brigadier Adam Findlay AM, said the soldiers had rehearsed and prepared for this sort of action so it was no surprise they were able to quickly step into the breach.
“Rehearsal is never wasted and Defence Aid to the Civil Community (DACC) in times of natural disaster is a training focus for this high-readiness Brigade,” Brigadier Findlay said.
“The soldiers were able to quickly clear the routes, allowing emergency services access into areas to restore power and bring aid to those affected.”
The ESF was praised for its efforts by the Queensland Governor Mr. Paul de Jersey, Premier of Queensland Mr. Campbell Newman, and Brisbane Lord Mayor Mr. Graham Quirk.
Further information on the Army’s 7th Brigade is available at: http://www.army.gov.au/Who-we-are/Divisions-and-Brigades/Forces-Command/7th-Brigade
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