Townsville Rural Fire Volunteers supporting communities in the wake of tropical cyclone Ita

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014

Townsville Rural Fire Volunteers supporting communities in the wake of tropical cyclone Ita

Severe tropical cyclone Ita crossed the coast at Cape Flattery North of Cooktown on Friday and worked its way down the coastal strip where it impacted Townsville on Sunday morning before heading further down the coast.

Northern Region set up a Regional Operations Centre headed by regional incident controller Superintendent Ken Beasley (RFSQ) and the Townsville Incident Control Centre (ICC) at Woodlands Fire Station headed up by incident controller Inspector Tony Hazell (RFSQ) was activated to deal with the emerging event.

The ICC was a mixture of both Urban Officers, Communications Officers, RFSQ Volunteer Officers and RFSQ staff.

During the recovery phase of the Ingham floods, at the request of the Hinchinbrook Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG), a RFSQ taskforce was deployed from Townsville to assist Hinchinbrook Rural Brigades to conduct building washouts.

34 Volunteers took part in the taskforce which comprised of 12 fire fighting appliances, 2 support vehicles and 1 command vehicle.

A total of 19 premises were washed out.

Hinchinbrook Mayor Cr Rodger Bow at today's LDMG meeting expressed his appreciation to the members of the taskforce, stating that the effort of the Volunteer Firefighters has greatly contributed to the recovery operations of the Ingham and Cordelia communities.

Across Far North Queensland, many other Rural Fire Brigades have activated to assist their local communities in cyclone recovery efforts.

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