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MFB firefighters deployed to Mildura to assist with storm damage assessment

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15 Nov 2016
South west crews assist after Mildura storm.

Nine MFB firefighters are among a contingent of Emergency Services personnel assisting in the major clean up in Mildura, Red Cliffs and Merbein, after Friday’s damaging storm.

Fifteen personnel from CFA’s south west region were deployed on Saturday morning along with eight Forest Fire Management Victoria personnel from Geelong and the Otways and 14 personnel from Victoria’s State Emergency Service in the south west area.

CFA District 7 Operations Officer Mark Sinkinson, a Task Force Leader, said the damage from Friday’s storm had been significant for communities in the north west.

“Crews have been working throughout the weekend to clear debris and remove large trees from roads. We had personnel assisting with chain saws and cleaning up after fallen trees,” he said.

“Impact assessments of houses and buildings are being completed and painting a clear picture of the storm damage, including the extent of hail damage to orchards and wineries.

Forest Fire Management Victoria firefighter Hamish Martin said crews had seen cars crushed on roadsides and trees which crashed straight down onto the rooves of homes.

“We’ve been to a lot of homes where the residents have been very appreciative of our help – particularly those residents who wouldn’t have the capacity to do the work themselves, such as seniors and people with disabilities.

“It’s a really good example of cross-agency interaction – we’re a fully blended team of CFA,
Forest Fire Management Victoria and SES. We’ve been working really well together, making the most of each other’s skillsets.”

CFA Acting Assistant Chief Officer, South West Region, Rohan Luke, said the deployment was a fantastic example of the interoperability of Victoria’s emergency services.

“Emergency service workers from all agencies have been able to quickly respond to this community in need. This is really a great team effort.”

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