Emergency Operational Centre
The new Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) shares its facilities between the State Emergency Service (SES) and the Rural Fire Service (RFS). Each organisation has had input into the design to ensure their specific needs were met.
Costing just over $500,000, the new Emergency Operations Centre was opened by the Minister for Emergency Services, Tony Kelly, on Friday 10 November, 2006.
STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE (SES)
Phone: 02 6721 0833
FOR EMERGENCIES DIAL 000
As well as a shared training room, foyer, kitchen and amenities, the SES component of the Operations Centre boasts an operations room and communications room, as well as enabling storage for the unit's extensive assortment of vital equipment on the one site. Expanded operations facilities will enable volunteers to more effectively manage the natural disasters that affect the Inverell community, and vastly improved training facilities will enable volunteers from Inverell and surrounding locations to receive vital training in state of the art facilities.
Equipment stored at the new SES facility include:
- 4 Flood Boats
- a Storm Trailer
- 2 Sand Bagger Machines (one of which is a mobile unit that can be taken out on location)
- a 4WD Twin Cab Response Vehicle
- a Rescue Truck
About the SES
For more information regarding the SES, visit the State Emergency Service website.
RURAL FIRE SERVICES (RFS)
Phone: 02 6721 0446
FOR EMERGENCIES DIAL 000
The RFS is responsible for fire suppression and prevention activities in over 90% of the state. They work closely with the NSW Fire Brigade, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and State Forests who, between them, cover about 10% of the state.
The RFS is the designated combat agency for all fires occurring in its districts, this includes structural fire fighting in more than 1,200 towns and villages.
The RFS Role
Fire is part of the Australian landscape. Bushfire management in NSW is a cooperative effort of the whole community. The NSW RFS is the lead agency in combating bush fires and enabling the community to be better prepared and protected from bushfires. Although fighting fires and protecting the community from emergencies is the most visible aspect of the RFS role, the Service has many other responsibilities as the leading agency for bushfire management and mitigation in NSW.
For more information regarding the RFS, visit the Rural Fire Service website.
Other roles include: