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

The State Emergency Service is an emergency and rescue service dedicated to assisting the community. It is made up almost entirely of volunteers, with 232 units located throughout New South Wales. The units comprise of more than 10,000 volunteer members, who are easily identified by their distinctive orange overalls. While its major responsibilities are for flood and storm operations, the SES also provides the majority of general rescue effort in the rural parts of the state.

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:

Operations (Fire Fighting)

Learning and Development (Training)

Community Safety

Management

Select the following link for information on Bushfire Planning and Survival

Select the following link for information on a Bush Fire Risk Management Plan

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