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Final Victorian Emergency Personnel Return Home After Queensland Deployment

28 April 2017

The final group of recovery personnel have returned from Queensland, after assisting in the aftermath of ex-Tropical Cylcone Debbie in Mackay.

The team of 12 touched down in Melbourne today after filling various roles to support communities in their recovery from storms and floods, through both immediate relief and also recovery efforts.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie left a path of destruction after it hit the Whitsunday Coast and Airlie Beach on 28 March, before it made its way down the coast to Brisbane and northern New South Wales.

Almost 70 staff from the Victorian State Emergency Service, Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Country Fire Authority, Parks Victoria, Forest Fire Management, Emergency Management Victoria and the Department of Health and Human Services have provided planning, operational and recovery support in the four weeks since the event.

Victoria's first deployment saw 20 emergency personnel flown to assist incident management teams at the Queensland State Control Centre, as well as Incident Control Centres in North Queensland, to provide knowledge and assistance across logistics, planning and operations.

A team of 11 fire fighters from Melbourne Fire Brigade, skilled in Swift Water Rescue, also joined teams from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services in Brisbane and South East Queensland, taking part in some significant rescues during their deployment.

Following immediate rescue efforts, 37 skilled emergency recovery personnel from DHHS, DELWP, MFB and EMV flew in two separate deployments to Mackay, Brisbane and Cannonvale to work with the local affected communities through both immediate relief needs and long-term recovery work.

Assistance has also been provided by the Australian Red Cross volunteers who have been providing psychological first aid at relief centres in Rockhampton.

Victoria’s emergency services will continue to provide extra support to Queensland as requested and when needed.

For warnings and recovery information for the Queensland Cyclone and Floods, please visit