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are the army involved in flood rescue?
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 04:58 PM
I have heard a lot about SES rescue, but haven't heard anything about any military help with rescues.
please understand I have no idea how this sort of things work, just thought of it earlier.
Posted 11 January 2011 - 05:00 PM
Was just having the same discussion, I believe they are doing food drops to some of the outer lying towns that have been cut off but not 100% sure.
May all the rescuers stay safe, our thoughts are with you.
Posted 11 January 2011 - 05:03 PM
wonderful, glad to hear it. Lets hope we have no more lives lost.
Posted 11 January 2011 - 05:05 PM
I am almost certain they would be. Humanitarian efforts are a fundamental part of the army's role in Australia and around the world.
Posted 11 January 2011 - 05:05 PM
Work mate is in the reserves and got the call this morning to be on standby to go at anytime, members of his group already in Rockhampton
Posted 11 January 2011 - 05:10 PM
Posted 11 January 2011 - 05:19 PM
Thanks. I would have been very surprised if they weren't but hadn't heard or seen.
Posted 11 January 2011 - 06:36 PM
navy, airforce and army are all helping.
WA reservists are ready to fly out
Posted 11 January 2011 - 06:40 PM
I know Cadet Camps have been cancelled that were due to happen from this weekend, form what I understood they've been actively helping since the Xmas floods in Dalby?
Posted 11 January 2011 - 06:58 PM
all have been involved for a few weeks now. I know that some Navy Helicopters from NSW went up about a week ago to assist, and I am sure many more will go up too to help out.
Posted 11 January 2011 - 09:17 PM
The people evacuated from Forest Hill this morning due to flash flooding (they had about an hours warning) were taken by ADF Black Hawks. They did a magnificent job evacuating about 300 people in a short space of time.
Posted 11 January 2011 - 10:27 PM
The army has boats in Townsville that could be used, including amphibious vehicles that drive on the land and also on the water, which would be perfect for clean up of this event and moving people and supplies around. Unfortunately, they never get called upon to help and I can't help but wonder at the waste of resources in a time of emergency like this. They would also have been perfect for cyclone Larry, but weren't used then, either. I wonder if the powers that be even realise they have this asset available to them?
Posted 24 January 2011 - 02:58 PM
It is the biggest deployment of ADF personnel within Australia since Cyclone Tracey.
Probably all comes down to money Mel
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