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DEFENCE SuPPoRT To oPERATIoN VIC FIRE ASSIST:
• 160 soldiers deployed to Kilmore to conduct a wide
area search task in Traralgon, St Andrews, Flowerdale
and Yarra Glen.
• Four Armoured Personnel Carriers fitted with
communication and emergency evacuation capabilities
• Soldiers who are currently conducting pre-deployment
training prior to conducting operations in Solomon
Islands are providing surge capacity for short duration
Wednesday 11 february
• Two medical and psychological support teams
deployed to assist government agencies with the
provision of specialist health support including
• Air Force transports a five-person Western Australia
Police Victim Identification team and vehicle from
Perth to Victoria.
• RAAF Base East Sale provided around 4000L of
aviation fuel to a commercial airliner which was
transporting 50 South Australian fire fighters to the
emergency effort. They also accommodated and fed
21 Federal Police Officers who were assisting in the
• Accommodation for 160 people, including tents, a field
kitchen, bedding and stretchers for a relief centre in
• Engineers completed enhanced containment lines in the
vicinity of Wandong Township, while work was carried
out to establish a containment line along Shiralee Road
and route obstacle clearance on Strath Creek Road.
• The Flowerdale-completed search task moved to
Thursday 12 february
• Approximately 475 personnel provide specialist and
emergency support to government agencies and a
further 160 in Puckapunyal are providing additional
support when required.
• Soldiers from the Search Task Group participated
in a special game of backyard cricket with local
children at Flowerdale.
saturday 14 february
• CDF visits devastated townships, starting at Maygar
Barracks in Broadmeadows to witness the departure
of the first convoy of trucks carrying 120 pallets of
emergency equipment to be used to set up Community
Service Hubs in bushfire ravaged areas.
sunday 15 february
• Australian and New Zealand Defence Force members
serving in East Timor as part of the International
Stabilisation Force hold a memorial service to pay
tribute to those affected by the Victorian bushfires.
• Approximately 120 square kilometres of fire damaged
areas have been searched, including 1300 houses
of which two thirds have been destroyed, in the
townships of Kinglake, Flowerdale, Hazeldene,
Marysville, St Andrews, Yarra Glen and Traralgon.
• Accommodation for 160 people in Alexandra and
200 people in Marysville completed.
• Establishment of a major relief centre at Kinglake
for up to 1500 people begins.
• Construction of a series of temporary Community
Service Hubs throughout the devastated region
saturday 28 february
• About 20 Army Reserve troops from Victoria joined
Victoria Police in a more detailed search for bushfire
victims in Kinglake.
• This second, more detailed search, follows preliminary
searches immediately after Black Saturday. Many of
the same soldiers had been involved in the earlier
• The troops had been given special training, and special
protective equipment, for the task. Some buildings in
the area are believed to contain asbestos.
• Police estimated that approximately 30 people are still
unaccounted for in the wake of the bushfires.
Tuesday 10 March
• Soldiers from the ADF’s Joint Task Force 662, assisting
in the search operation, have relocated to bushfire-
devastated Marysville, to join Victoria Police in the
new search task.
• The soldiers, in conjunction with police officers,
conduct a methodical and detailed examination of
fire-affected building sites in Marysville, as well as
several other communities in the eastern section of
the bushfire-affected area, including Narbethong and
• Reservists from News South Wales, South Australia
and Western Australia have been operating out of
the Kinglake area for 10 days, clearing approximately
664 premises in Kinglake itself, as well as at Castella,
Toolangi, Steels Creek, Chum Creek and Dixons Creek.
saturday 14 March
• The ADF withdraws its troops from Marysville as its role
in the bushfire search task comes to an end.
• Several convoys of vehicles rolled out of the town on
Saturday morning carrying more than 100 soldiers
and tons of military equipment, used in the support
provided to Marysville residents, Victoria Police and
emergency services personnel.
• The departure comes after Victoria Police advised
that it no longer required the assistance of Joint Task
Force 662 (JTF662) in the search task beyond Friday,
13 March 2009.
an M113 armoured Personnel carrier assists local fire
authorities in establishing fire containment lines in
Humevale, Victoria. Photo: Leading Seaman Kade Rogers
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