ADF assistance to Queensland floods
29 January 2013
The Australian Defence Force is supporting an Emergency Management Queensland request for assistance to the widening flood situation in Queensland.
Rising floodwaters in Queensland have forced local health services in the city of Bundaberg to aeromedically evacuate 90 patients from a local hospital.
To assist this, Air Force has dispatched a pair of C-130J Hercules, carrying aeromedical evacuation personnel from RAAF Bases Richmond and Williamtown, to transport patients to Brisbane.
The ADF has stood up a Joint Task Force 637 under the command of Brigadier Greg Bilton, Commander of 7 Brigade based at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera in south-east Queensland.
Four Australian Army Black Hawks aircraft and crews from Townsville and Air Force transport aircraft are supporting flood relief and emergency recovery efforts in central Queensland, in the vicinity of Bundaberg and Maryborough to assist civilian authorities with emergency evacuation of residents.