Simon Corbell has issued a thank you to all the emergency services workers who put in the hard yards through the recent rain event.
“Our Emergency Services Agency (ESA) workers and volunteers have worked tirelessly since the rain started mid-last week, and have once again put their own families and safety on hold to help others in need and for this I pass on the government’s sincerest thanks for a job well done,” Mr Corbell said.
“It is never an easy task working in extreme weather situations, and situations where it can require climbing onto roofs or buildings in wet and slippery conditions, but the SES and other supporting agencies have performed a professional and first class job in trying circumstances.”
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Since last Tuesday when the rain began in the ACT, the ACT State Emergency Service (ACT SES) has responded to 941 calls for assistance from members of the community.
Jobs ranged from fallen trees, dealing with minor flooding and closed roadways and roof and property repairs from rain inundation.
“Without these important and valuable teams of workers from SES and RFS, the ACT would be in a much worse situation and their willingness to drop their own personal lives to help others does not go un-noticed,” Mr Corbell said.
“A thank you should also be given to the families and employers around the ACT who allow these volunteers to perform their important work, because without their support, teams of SES volunteers could not be formed.
I think a big bouquet is also due to the ACT Government as a whole which provided an excellent response, and fantastic communications.
[Photo: Simon Corbell and Katy Gallagher at SES shift change. Courtesy Mr Corbell’s office]