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The Salvation Army's Emergency Services Update

17 Jan 2013

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Services Team have been extremely active in recent weeks, particularly in this New Year.

In Tasmania, The Salvation Army has been working on the ground in bushfire affected areas assisting fire fighters, volunteers and victims of the fires. Over 7,000 meals have been distributed to fire fighters and volunteers. The Salvation Army has had a presence in Burnie, Nubeena, Murdunna, Dunalley, Sorrell, New Norfolk, Carlton and Hobart to provide financial assistance and other practical support.

In Victoria in the last four weeks, Emergency Services Staff and volunteers:

  • Assisted in fires occurring in Western Victoria (near Ararat) and Leongatha
  • Provided over 1,000 meals to fire fighters and volunteers in the Snake Valley region
  • Provided over 600 meals in the Yandoit area
  • Assisted in 2 road accidents in Western Victoria
  • Provided refreshments for over 5,000 attendees and the Falls Festival in Lorne
  • Provided over 300 meals to people at fires in Kangaroo Ground
  • Provided over 300 meals to people in the Little River Area

The Emergency Services teams remain ready to mobilise in anticipation of extreme weather conditions in the coming days. The risk of fires is significantly increased by the number of fires that may have been deliberately lit in recent days.

The Salvation Army is strongly committed to a long term presence in bushfire affected areas to partner with people and communities in the midst of disaster and throughout the rebuilding process.