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New South Wales #NSW | #ExtremeWeather – SES have rolled on 4588 jobs and 47 flood rescues since 7 am Monday

An intense low pressure system has brought significant wind and rainfall to the New South Wales coast overnight. This wild weather currently sits near the boundary of the Hunter and Mid North Coast locations and is expected to move slowly south throughout the day.

NSW SES have undertaken 4588 jobs and 47 flood rescues since 7am Monday.

Hunter Region total jobs = 1548

Illawarra South Coast total jobs = 190

Sydney Metro total jobs = 2764

The following Flood Rescue jobs have been attended by NSW SES:
  • Port Stephens Unit – Persons – 2 persons vehicle – Seaham
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – 4 persons isolated in home – Rutherford
  • Wyong Unit – Persons – 1 person in vehicle – Ourimbah
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – 1 person and infant – isolated in home – Aberglasslyn
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – 2 persons isolated in home – Abberglasslyn
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – vehicle in flood water – Rutherford
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – 40 children and staff at Early Learning centre – assist Police with evacuation – Rutherford
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – vehicle in water – Rutherford
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – 2 persons isolated in home – Woodville
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – 1 visually impaired persons isolated in home – Lochinvar
  • Port Stephens Unit – Persons – house inundated with flood water – Wallalong
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – 1 person isolated in home – Maitland
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – 1 person isolated in home – Lorn
  • Maitland City Unit – Persons – 4 persons isolated in home – Bolwarra Heights
  • Port Stephens Units – Persons – 1 person isolated in home – Morpeth
  • Port Stephens Units – Persons – 1 person in tree – Brandy Hill

The Bureau have issued a Detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning for people in the Greater Newcastle and parts of the Maitland/Cessnock areas as well as a Severe Weather Warning for damaging and locally destructive winds, damaging winds, heavy rainfall and damaging surf for people in the Metropolitan, Hunter and Illawarra locations.

Heavy Rainfall is likely in the Hunter locations, but also possible about the Metropolitan and Illawarra areas.

For all current NSW SES warnings click here http://goo.gl/sBVBqm

Another reminder we are experiencing a backlog of calls as we currently receiving more jobs than we have phone lines. Please be patient, jobs that are life critical are taking priority before storm damage jobs. We understand that you wish to get through but the only way to register your job correctly is though the 132 500 number.

NSW SES advises people in these areas to:
  • Never drive through floodwater.
  • Avoid low lying areas as well as rivers, creeks and storm water drains
  • Move to higher ground if bad weather sets in
  • Don’t go sightseeing – you’ll be getting in the way of our volunteers
  • Stay up to date with the latest traffic information at livetraffic.com
  • For emergency help in a storm call the SES on 132 500
  • Dial 000 in a life-threatening situation

For more tips you can do to prepare for storms and flooding visit www.stormsafe.com.au and www.floodsafe.com.au

New South Wales #NSW | #SES Alert – Flood Safety Advice for residents in #Newcastle and surrounding urban areas

Expect rapid rises and high velocity flash flood water in local creeks, watercourses and urban areas over the next few hours.

Due to forecast heavy rain, Residents in Newcastle and surrounding urban areas may experience flash flooding and a rapid rise and high flow velocities in local watercourses.

Do not enter floodwater.

If you become trapped you should seek the highest point within the building and to telephone 000 if you require rescue.

For more information listen to local radio or visit www.ses.nsw.gov.au

New South Wales #NSW | Busy night for Fire & Rescue NSW firefighters – #SevereWeather

Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews across Sydney and the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Newcastle areas have responded to nearly 1000 storm-related jobs since late yesterday afternoon in one of the busiest nights in the organisation’s history.

Fire & Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins said FRNSW had taken more than 3000 Triple Zero (000) calls since 6pm yesterday.

“We have had about 800 firefighters and 200 fire trucks responding to ongoing emergencies including flood rescues, house fires, serious road accidents with people trapped, trees down and building collapses,” Commissioner Mullins said.

This morning Commissioner Mullins ordered the mobilisation of 24 reserve fire trucks and the recall of off-duty firefighters. These crews, together with a contingent of fire trucks and crews from Sydney, will be used to assist Central Coast and Newcastle fire crews.

During last night’s emergency response, a Raymond Terrace firefighter was injured when a large tree fell on a fire truck cabin at Heatherbrae, Port Stephens. The firefighter was transported to hospital with minor injuries and is in a stable condition. At Morriset a tree has brought down powerlines on top of a fire truck, trapping firefighters inside.

Incidents firefighters have responded to since 4pm yesterday until 8am today include:

  • Dungog firefighters rescuing numerous residents trapped by floodwaters in Stroud, near Newcastle
  • More than 990 storm-related emergencies, including powerlines down and arcing, trees down and assisting members of the public
  • More than 30 rescues, including two people in Rankin Park, Lake Macquarie, after a large tree fell on their house, restricting access.
  • About 75 fires, including a two-storey house in Carlton destroyed by fire, and a school fire at Holsworthy
  • 16 electrical fires and five gas leaks
  • More than 180 other callouts such as automatic fire alarms being set off by wind, power outages and heavy rain.
  • Commissioner Mullins said FRNSW would continue to provide support to the NSW SES throughout today as extreme weather conditions continue.

“I can only praise firefighters and our other emergency service colleagues for their mighty effort,” he said. “We’re also appealing to the public to only call Triple Zero (000) if it is a genuine emergency and do not drive through floodwaters. For flood and storm assistance, call the NSW SES on 132 500,” he said.

New South Wales #NSW | #SevereWeather morning update

An intense low pressure system has brought significant wind and rainfall to the New South Wales coast overnight.  This wild weather currently sits near the boundary of the Hunter and Mid North Coast locations and is expected to move gradually south throughout the day.

NSW SES have undertaken 3136 jobs and 19 flood rescues since 10am Monday.

Hunter Region job totals = 956

Illawarra South Coast  job totals  = 169

Sydney Metro  job totals  = 1944

The following priority flood/storm jobs have been attended by NSW SES:

  • Half of roof blown off – Cessnock City Unit
  • Roof blown off – Lake Macquarie Unit
  • Roofing coming away at Hawkes Nest Caravan Park – Karuah Valley Unit
  • Roof off – Karuah Valley Unit
  • Roof blown off block of units (14 people seeking accommodation) – City of Newcastle Unit
  • Occupants trapped in house due to tree through roof – Lake Macquarie Unit
  • Double storey window weighing 1/2 tonne loose – City of Newcastle
  • Tree through roof of aged care facility – Wyong Unit
  • Large shed uprooted – Wyong Unit
  • Tree down blocking access to Ambulance Control Centre – Lake Macquarie City
  • Carport roof blown away – City of Newcastle Unit

Another reminder we are experiencing a backlog of calls as we currently receiving more jobs than we have phone lines. Please be patient, jobs that are life critical are taking priority before storm damage jobs. We understand that you wish to get through but the only way to register your job correctly is though the 132 500 number.

For tips on what your family can do to prepare for storms, visit www.stormsafe.com.au

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New South Wales #NSW | #Warriewood – Tires slashed on #NSWAmbulance on an emergency call #WorkplaceViolence

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Three tires on a NSW Ambulance were slashed when a crew responded to a call for assistance at Warriewood last week.

Police from Northern Beaches Local Area Command are appealing for information from the public to identify the person responsible for the damage, which happened about 11.30pm last Friday (3 April 2015), in Alameda Way, Warriewood.

Paramedics were in the process of transporting a teenage girl to hospital when the damage was discovered; the vehicle was unable to be driven and a second ambulance was called to take over.

Police are greatly concerned that, while this patient was not seriously impacted by the incident, these actions could have had a detrimental effect under different circumstances.

New South Wales #NSW | Storm season racks up 19,000+ jobs for NSW #SES #SevereWeather

The official storm season has come to an end and has been one of the busiest seasons for the NSW SES, with volunteers responding to more than 19,000 storm and flood jobs across the state.

During the storm season volunteers gave up their time from work and family to attend to tasks where trees were down or roofs were leaking or damaged. The majority of storm damage was seen in areas across Sutherland, Blacktown and Penrith.

NSW SES Commissioner Adam Dent urged people to stay prepared for severe weather throughout the year, even though the storm season has ended.

“We’ve seen severe weather affect many parts of the State including the Sydney Metro, regional and rural areas and we may well see further storms affect the state so people should be prepared for that,” Commissioner Dent said.

“Even yesterday on the last day of the official storm season we saw severe storms impact parts of the Inner West of Sydney resulting in two flood rescues of people caught in their vehicles due to flash flooding in Concord West and Strathfield.

“Last season, our volunteers responded to around 12,000 storm tasks so there has been a significant increase in our storm response activity this season.

“I want to thank our volunteers who have taken time out of their day to day lives to respond to these calls for help from their local community over this very busy storm season,” continued Commissioner Dent.

Bureau of Meteorology New South Wales Regional Director, Barry Hanstrum, also commented on the busier season. “Severe storms were reported on more than 60 days across the season, which is above average for the state” he revealed.

Sydney’s storm activity was record-breaking, said Mr Hanstrum. “There were seven straight thunderstorm days around Sydney airport in December.”

Storm damage from strong winds and heavy rain were the dominant feature, however volunteers were also called out to more than 134 flood rescues during the storm season. The majority of rescues were carried out in Sydney and the Illawarra with many involving people trapped in their cars by rising floodwater.

“It is a concern that we still see people deliberately going into floodwater, putting their lives and the lives of our volunteers at risk,” Commissioner Dent said.

The official storm season runs from 1 October to 31 March each year but the NSW SES is encouraging people to ensure their homes are maintained throughout the year to limit the amount of damage suffered in severe weather, which can occur at anytime.

Some of the things people can do now to be prepared include:
  1. Maintain your yard and balcony
  2. Clean your gutters
  3. Trim overhanging branches
  4. Make sure your roof is in good condition
  5. Check your insurance is up to date
  6. Make an emergency plan
  7. Prepare an emergency kit if you lose power or need to leave home in a hurry
  8. Listen to your local radio station for updated storm information

Learn how to be StormSafe at: www.stormsafe.com.au

For emergency help in a flood or storm call 132 500. Dial 000 in a life threatening emergency.

New South Wales #NSW | #Sydney #CBD Emergency Warning System to be tested tomorrow

Police are advising the public the regular monthly test of the Sydney CBD Emergency Warning System will be conducted tomorrow (Friday 27 March 2015) at 12.15pm.

Members of the public should not be alarmed. This is a test only.

Those who reside, work or travel through the Sydney CBD need to be aware of the warning system, what it sounds like and what it is used for.

The system is in line with similar warning systems overseas where monthly tests are conducted to educate and remind the public of the existence of the warning system, and to ensure the system works.

While the Sydney CBD Emergency Warning System is normally tested on the last day of each month, the December has been brought forward due to Christmas and Boxing Day being next week.

Tomorrow’s test will be conducted at selected sites within the Sydney CBD.

There are 98 speakers located throughout the CBD, as well as 13 variable messaging signs which are positioned at transport hubs in the city, all of which play a major role in the Sydney CBD Emergency Plan.

New South Wales #NSW | Volunteers unite for Xtreme training in state’s north

About 100 NSW Ambulance and emergency services volunteers and personnel will have their skills put to the test when they take part in the Xtreme 3 marine rescue event and conference at Coffs Harbour this weekend.

The Xtreme 3 conference, scheduled for Saturday 28 March, will be attended by NSW Ambulance volunteers and Community First Responders, paramedics, and emergency services personnel.

NSW Ambulance Manager Volunteers and Community First Responders, Superintendent Susan Webster, said Community First Responders will receive training in emergency management at large
scale incidents, and discuss the latest updates in trauma and aeromedical matters particular to the New England and Northern Rivers areas.

The afternoon will be spent at the state-of-the-art simulation centre where skills updates will be undertaken.

In the evening, NSW Ambulance Commissioner Ray Creen will host a dinner for the volunteers and first responders to thank them for their commitment to emergency service delivery.

“Our volunteers donate their time to be available to respond at any time of the day or night to medical emergencies. They are not only a tremendous credit to their communities but are extremely well
valued by NSW Ambulance,” Superintendent Webster said.

Guest speaker at the dinner will be Flight Paramedic Scott Hardes who will discuss his experiences in Japan and Christchurch as part of the Australian Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team deployments in 2011.

“His presentation is timely with NSW Ambulance paramedics  currently serving with the Australian USAR deployment to Vanuatu,” Superintendent Webster said.

The conference and dinner will be held at the Aqua Luna Resort in Coffs Harbour.

On Sunday 29 March, the focus will shift to Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Club where about 100 ambulance and emergency service personnel will take part in a series of Xtreme 3 marine exercises.

“Coffs Harbour emergency service personnel and marine personnel will work with these volunteers to assist in their expertise in marine-based emergency responses,” Superintendent Webster said.

Volunteers and CFRs from the following locations will be attending this weekend’s activities Nana Glen, Glenreagh, Alstonville, Scotland Island, Dangar Island, Deepwater, Tambar Springs, Bundeena,
Branxton and Uralla.

The conference and marine exercises are jointly funded by the Commonwealth and NSW Governments.

New South Wales | 100 spider bite incidents in January prompt safety warning

NSW Ambulance is calling on people to remain vigilant about the potential for spider bites after paramedics attended almost 100 cases in January.

The total – 98 cases in all – represented an increase on last year’s January total of 81.

NSW Ambulance Superintendent Alan Morrison said that, for the 13 months January 2014 to January 2014, 589 incidents were attended by paramedics. This included 73 funnel web spider bites – 63 incidents in 2014 and 10 in January this year.

Superintendent Alan Morrison said funnel webs, which are Australia’s deadliest spider, are active year-round, although they reached peaks in January this year (10 incidents), followed by March and November (nine each), December (eight) and April (seven).

He said the peaks for overall spider incidents occurred in January 2015 and December (98 incidents each), followed by January 2014 (81), November (70), and December and March (59).

In terms of location, attendance for funnel web incidents was highest in the north of NSW (23), followed closely by Sydney’s north (22), and Sydney’s west (12).

Supt Morrison said incidents overall were highest in Sydney’s west with 107 cases being recorded in 13 months, followed by Sydney’s north and south-west/Illawarra sectors – both with 103 incidents.

Funnel web incidents included:
• January 1, 2014 – A 20-year-old Casino woman was transported to Casino Memorial Hospital after being bitten on the neck.
• March 13 – a 19-year-old man was transported to Bowral Hospital after being bitten on the forearm at Bundanoon.
• April 26 – a 20-year-old man was transported to Royal North Shore Hospital after being bitten on the finger at Longueville.
• April 25 – a 52-year-old Balgowlah man was bitten on the finger while cleaning out a gutter. He was transported to Manly Hospital for treatment.
• August 4 – a 40-year-old woman was transported to Sutherland Hospital after being bitten on the finger at Bundeena.
• January 28, 2015 – a 33-year-old man at Whitebridge was bitten on the neck and transported to Calvary Mater Hospital in a serious condition.

For treatment of funnel web spider bites, Supt Morrison advises:
• call Triple Zero (000) and ask for Ambulance;
• if the bite is on a limb, apply a pressure immobilisation bandage. The bandage should not cut off the circulation;
• if the bite is not on a limb, apply direct, firm pressure to the bite site with your hands. Keep the patient still and discourage them from walking around; and
• remember, never cut or excise the wound and do not attempt to suck the venom out. And do not apply a tourniquet.

For all other spiders (eg redbacks, white-tails, trapdoors):
• apply an ice pack or cold compress to relieve the pain; and
• if severe symptoms develop, seek medical aid; and
• in the case of small children involved in a suspected redback spider bite, medical aid should be sought, irrespective of whether symptoms manifest

New South Wales | NSW Health renews warning of hepatitis A risk linked to frozen berries

NSW Health is warning people to watch for symptoms of hepatitis following reports of at least nine cases of hepatitis A in Australia linked to Nanna’s frozen mixed berries.

Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director of NSW Health’s Communicable Diseases Branch, urged consumers to take heed of the recall of several lines of frozen berries sold under the brand names ‘Nanna’s’ and ‘Creative Gourmet’.

“The NSW Food Authority advises consumers to return these products to the place of purchase for a full refund, or discard them,” Dr Sheppeard said.

”Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can be passed from person to person, or come from food or water contaminated with the virus.

“Each year 40 to 80 cases are reported in NSW, however the infection is almost always acquired overseas as hepatitis A is common in most developing countries.”

Symptoms of hepatitis A commence two to seven weeks after exposure to an infectious person or after eating contaminated food. Early symptoms are fever, nausea and loss of appetite. After several days jaundice can develop which is noticed by yellowing of the eyeballs and skin, or dark urine and pale stools, sometimes accompanied by diarrhoea.

“An investigation by all health agencies is underway, but at this early stage we are not sure how many people may be affected,” Dr Sheppeard said.

“Given that these brands of frozen berries are widely distributed products there is the potential that others may be sick with hepatitis A now, or develop the disease over the coming weeks.

“It is important that if people have the symptoms of hepatitis they see their doctor for testing, especially if they have eaten this product in the last two months. They should also take steps to not spread the infection by careful hand washing and not handling food or providing personal care to others until they receive advice from their doctor.”

There is no specific treatment for hepatitis A and people sometimes require hospitalisation for supportive care. Hepatitis A can be prevented by vaccination. Two doses of vaccine provide lifetime protection. People exposed to hepatitis A can be protected from developing the disease if they receive the vaccine or protective antibodies within two weeks.

For more information about hepatitis A see NSW Health website:

http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/Hepatitis_A.aspx

For current information on the food recalls see NSW Food Authority website:

http://foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/news/alerts-recalls/product-recall-nannas-mixed-berries#.VN7id4FXerU