OPERATION BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20

OP BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19/20 FAMILY SUPPORT INFORMATION

 

The Australian Defence Force has mobilised support to civilian authorities dealing with the current bushfire emergencies threatening the vast areas of New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. The Australian Defence Force is part of the fabric of the Australian community and has always responded when disasters threaten the lives of Australians. Although the primary responsibility for emergency management rests with State and local authorities, the Australian Defence Force is well prepared to assist with a range of capabilities and personnel.

The Army’s 7th Combat Brigade has deployed two task groups with additional support from the Army Reserve’s 11th Brigade to support the Joint Task Forces and State Emergency Services in New South Wales and Victoria.

Each task group consist of engineers, transport and earthmoving equipment, logistics experts and other specialised personnel. Personnel have been drawn from right across units based at Gallipoli Barracks.

Through the Joint Task Forces, the Australian Defence Force is working closely with state and territory authorities to ensure our assistance is timely and responsive in the areas it is needed. 7th Combat Brigade believes in providing support to our Defence families as well as our members to ensure a strong foundation for our Defence community.

 

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OPEN ARMS

Open Arms is aware of the impact the bushfires is having on members of the veteran and Defence communities across the nation including the SEQLD region. Please view the ‘Bushfires – resilience and recovery’ information and see how Open Arms can advise and assist you and your family during this trying period.
  • Members currently assisting with the bushfires can access Open Arms if needed, doesn’t need to be Defence related
  • The members families can also connect with us for support
  • We can be accessed 24/7
  • ARES members who have only now just completed 1 full day CFTS, and their families can access our full services
Call: 1800 011 046 

 

DEFENCE COMMUNITY ORGANISATION

As part of Defence’s response to the 2019–20 Australian bushfire emergency, Defence Community Organisation is providing information, support and links to resources helping affected members of the ADF community.

ADF members, including reservists called out for Operation Bushfire Assist, their families and commanders can contact the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 to receive information, referral and support or visit the website at https://www.defence.gov.au/DCO/emergency.asp

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