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New South Wales | Elderly man charged after light plane forced to make emergency landing at Oberon

An elderly man has been charged over an aircraft incident that forced the pilot to make an emergency landing at Oberon.

A 23-year-old pilot was flying a light plane from Bankstown Airport to Cowra about 2.30pm on Monday (25 August 2014), with an 82-year-old man onboard.

Police will allege during the flight an incident occurred and the pilot was forced to restrain the passenger.

The aircraft then made an emergency landing in a paddock on Titania Road at Oberon.

Emergency services were alerted and the passenger was airlifted to Westmead Hospital with lacerations to his head.

The pilot was taken to Oberon Hospital where he was treated for a knee injury and shock.

Detectives from Chifley Local Area Command began an investigation into the incident.

Following inquiries, the elderly man was arrested after being released from hospital about 2.45pm today (Wednesday 27 August 2014).

The Georges Hall man was taken to Parramatta Police Station where he was charged with prejudicing the safe operation of an aircraft.

He was given bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on 29 September 2014.

New South Wales | More than 260 calls to SES for assistance after heavy rain and flash flooding

The NSW SES has now received over 260 calls for emergency assistance following two days of heavy rain and flash flooding. The focus of the SES response has today shifted from the South Coast and Illawarra Regions to the Mid-north Coast and Northern Rivers Regions.

Most calls are for leaking roofs, mostly minor property damage caused by fallen trees and branches and some sandbagging due to flash flooding. There have been five flood rescues for the event, all yesterday.

NSW SES volunteers have been busy attending to requests for emergency help, with volunteers in affected areas working tirelessly to undertake temporary property repairs and provide other assistance such as the removal of trees blocking access or across roads.

Information on being safer in a flood is available on the NSW SES FloodSafe website: www.floodsafe.com.au

Flood warnings are current for minor rural flooding for the Bellinger River at Thora and the Orara River at Glenreagh. A minor flood warning for the Hastings River at Kindee Bridge has been finalised. Rural flooding may result in some short-term property isolations in the upper Bellinger valley. The SES is monitoring this closely.

For detailed information on the warnings visit www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings

A severe weather warning is also current for the northern parts of the Mid-north Coast, the Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands for flash flooding. Winds are now gusting up to 78km/hr on parts of the north east coast, and this may bring down trees and branches.

For areas affected by river flooding, the SES urges rural property owners to lift pumps and to move livestock and equipment to higher ground. If isolation is likely, stock up on food, fuel and other essential items.

Flash and river flooding will make causeways in the affected dangerous and the NSW SES urges people to not try to cross flooded causeways, but to seek an alternate route.

For emergency assistance call the NSW SES on 132 500 or 000 if it is a life-threatening emergency.

New South Wales | LODD – One firefighter killed another injured battling hotel blaze in Cobar

Fire & Rescue NSW is today mourning the death of one of their own, after a firefighter from Cobar died, and another was injured while fighting a fire at the Occidental Hotel this morning.

“It is with a heavy heart I confirm the death of a Fire and Rescue NSW officer in the state’s west today,” said Minister for Emergency Services Stuart Ayres.

“The officer was attending a fire at a hotel in Cobar when a wall collapsed and he suffered what is believed to be cardiac arrest.

“The officer was taken by ambulance to Dubbo Base Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

“As a member of Fire & Rescue NSW, this man selflessly dedicated his life to the safety of his community.

“On behalf of the people of NSW, our thoughts and prayers are today with the officer’s family, friends and fellow firefighters” Mr Ayres concluded.

Fire & Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins said the whole firefighting community was devastated by the death and expressed condolences to the family and community of Cobar.

“Today we have lost a dedicated firefighter, committed to protecting his community.

“He lost his life protecting other people in his community and on behalf of all members of Fire & Rescue NSW I extend our deepest sympathies to firefighters, family and friends.”

The second firefighter is being treated in hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

Commissioner Mullins is currently travelling to Cobar, along with other senior officers and staff from Fire & Rescue NSW’s Critical Incident Support Team to be on hand to offer support and assistance to the family, firefighters and the community.

New South Wales | Public urged to help protect the elderly as flu season takes off

NSW Health is warning the elderly to be on high alert for influenza with it hitting a number of aged care facilities hard across the State in recent weeks, particularly in Sydney and Newcastle.  
Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director of the Communicable Diseases Branch at NSW Health said during July, 24 aged care facilities have reported influenza outbreaks.
“These outbreaks have affected 61 staff and 318 residents, 45 of which have been hospitalised”, Dr Sheppeard said.
“Almost 2,800 cases of confirmed influenza were notified in July and we are also seeing high rates of flu activity in hospital Emergency Departments, especially in people over the age of 65.
“While we are currently experiencing some milder winter weather, don’t be complacent about influenza.
“It’s not too late to be vaccinated against the flu. This is especially important for pregnant women and the elderly.
“Each year the influenza vaccine contains three different strains of influenza.
“The 2014 vaccine contains two strains that protect against the influenza A strains called H1N1 and H3N2 and one strain that protects against the influenza B strain.
“So far this winter we have seen all three strains of influenza circulating but the influenza A H3N2 strain has been the dominant one. We know people in older age groups are more susceptible to this strain in particular.
“Free flu vaccine is still available to people at greater risk of complications from influenza, including all people aged 65 years and older, pregnant women, people with chronic illness and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and older.
“People who don’t get vaccinated not only place themselves at risk of the flu and developing potentially serious illness but also put others at risk of infection.”
Dr Sheppeard said NSW Health is asking people to be doubly careful with hygiene to prevent spreading flu to others.
The advice from NSW Health is to:
Defer visits to friends and relatives in aged care facilities and hospitals if you have cold or flu symptoms. Stay at home to avoid infecting others until you are well.
Catch it!        Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Bin it!             Dispose of used tissues straight away.
Kill it!             Wash your hands regularly, especially after you cough, sneeze or blow your nose.
“If you think you may have influenza and you need to see a doctor ask for a mask to wear in the waiting room, and frequently use hand rub to avoid spreading germs to others.” Dr Vicky Sheppeard said.
Health advice and information is available via the free Health Direct Australia service, staffed by registered nurses 24-hours a day, on 1800 022 222.
For a range of health information, go online to www.health.nsw.gov.au

New South Wales | Premier opens Albury’s new $4 million ambulance station


NSW Premier Mike Baird and Albury MP Greg Aplin recently opened a new $4 million state-of-the-art ambulance station in Albury.

The new facility, replacing its 80-year-old predecessor, can host up to 38 paramedics and 12 ambulance vehicles, along with increased numbers of senior paramedics and training staff.

With upgraded facilities and extra space for paramedics, the new station will enhance NSW Ambulance’s services in Albury and its surrounding community.

The build comes as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to upgrade rural health infrastructure projects.

One of the busiest rural stations in NSW, the Albury station reflects NSW Ambulance’s commitment to change and evolve into a mobile health organisation, as set out in its current Reform Plan.

Mr Aplin highlighted the importance of the new station.

“This new station better matches where Albury is heading, and provides a chance to upgrade facilities and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the overriding priority of paramedics – getting help to people in need,” Mr Aplin said.

The investment is a far cry from the humble beginnings of the original Dean Street ambulance station, which was built in 1934 at a cost of 2615 pounds.

New South Wales | NSW firefighters deploy to Canada to help battle massive wildfires


14 emergency services personnel from NSW are being deployed to British Columbia to assist with their current fire emergency.

The eight NSW RFS personnel, along with five from NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and one from Fire and Rescue NSW, will be assisting with incident management and fire ground supervision at the Mount McAllister fire and Chelaslie River fire.

These 14 NSW personnel are joining a total of 81 from across Australia being deployed.

New South Wales | Strong winds persist across south east NSW

NSW SES teams have had another busy night responding to more than 500 jobs across Sydney and the Illawarra. Worst hit areas have been widespread across Sydney including suburbs like Blacktown, St Marys, Baulkham Hills and on Sydney’s northern beaches.Around 300 of the jobs have been for trees down, including a large tree that hit five cars and an ambulance at the Liverpool Ambulance station.  Damage to roofs and buildings has also occurred, with a house at Windsor losing its entire roof yesterday afternoon.

The NSW SES has had over 100 teams in the field, with 300 volunteers working throughout yesterday and into last night assisting affected properties with emergency temporary repairs. The hardworking volunteers will be out again today as the response continues.

The Bureau of Meteorology has advised that windy conditions will persist throughout the day, easing later in the afternoon. Although Sydney has been taken off the Severe Weather Warning, strong winds are still expected to be a feature of today across the city. The Severe Weather Warning  remains in place for the Hunter, Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and ACT forecast districts. Blizzard conditions are possible near alpine areas of the Snowy Mountains this morning with snow from above 900 metres, retreating to above 1100 metres later today.

As these strong winds continue, the NSW SES is advising people to:

  • Stay indoors away from windows, bring children and pets inside
  • Stay clear of fallen trees and power lines
  • Put away or secure loose items around the yard or balcony that can blow around in windy conditions.
  • Park vehicles under cover or away from trees and power lines
  • Do not go sightseeing

For emergency help in a storm call the NSW SES on 132 500. Dial 000 (triple zero in life-threatening situations.

For more information go to www.stormsafe.com.au

New South Wales | Severe winter weather forecast for the weekend

The Bureau has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds, this is expected to impact the people in Metropolitan, Hunter, Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory.

Damaging winds around 60 to 65 km/h with peak gusts of 90 km/h are forecast for Saturday for the Snowy Mountains forecast district and parts of the Metropolitan, Hunter, Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes and Australian Capital Territory districts. Alpine Peaks may experience winds around 70 km/h with peak gusts around 110 km/h today and Saturday.

It is likely that good dumps of snow will be seen in the Alpine area as blizzard conditions are expected. The NSW SES is urging residents in southeast New South Wales to prepare for more strong winds and icy conditions this weekend, with many school-holidaymakers expected to be out and about.

To view all current warnings for NSW click here

During strong winds people should:

  • Move indoors, bringing in children and pets and keep away from windows
  • Stay clear of fallen trees and power lines
  • Do not go sightseeing
  • Listen to your local radio station for updates
  • Visit www.stormsafe.com.au for more safety tips.

For emergency help in a storm call 132 500. Dial 000 (triple zero) in life-threatening situations.

New South Wales | Severe weather – Windstorm update from NSWSES

Across New South Wales up to 400 NSW SES volunteers have been active in responding to damage caused by damaging winds during Tuesday and overnight into today. Winds have eased, but some damage is still being reported.

The NSW SES has now received 1280 requests for assistance from the public, with the worst affected areas being the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and the Blue Mountains as well as the Sydney Metropolitan. Most requests for assistance have related to trees and branches brought down by the winds. These have generally caused minor property damage with some more significant damage in some areas.

Today the NSW SES has attended a variety of requests for assistance ranging from trees on powerlines and driveways to property damage. At Kiama High School, NSW SES attended in response to a tree in the playground with the potential to fall into the playground and onto electrical infrastructure. At Our Lady Star of the Sea School at Miranda, the NSW SES attended due to a large branch blocking classroom access. Roof damage has occurred at Narraweena Primary School after a skylight was damaged.

The Wingecarribee SES Unit, volunteers attended a wall collapse, rescuing a trapped man and undertaking shoring of the structure.

The NSW SES will continue today to provide emergency temporary repairs to affected properties. If you have damage and require emergency assistance, call 132 500, or 000 if it is a life-threatening emergency.

The Bureau of Meteorology has advised that winds will remain severe and potentially damaging in the Snowy Mountains and the South Coast tonight and into Thursday, but ease to below severe thresholds elsewhere. The latest warning is available here: http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/

With more wind likely this weekend, there are several things that you can do to prepare your property. This includes:

•             Parking your cover under cover

•             Checking your roof is in good repair

•             Trimming back overhanging trees and branches where safe to do and permitted by your Council

•             Putting away or securing loose items that can blow around in windy conditions.

For more information go to www.stormsafe.com.au

New South Wales | Severe weather extending to Coast and Central Ranges

The Bureau has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds and blizzard conditions for people in the Metropolitan, Hunter, Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory.

Damaging winds around 60 to 80 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 110 km/h are forecast. Alpine Peaks may experience winds around 90 to 110 km/h with peak gusts around 130 km/h.

A warning to all Sheep Graziers of the Australian Capital Territory, Riverina, Northern Tablelands, South Coast, Illawarra, Central West Slopes & Plains, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains, Southern Tablelands and Central Tablelands is also in place. Sheep Graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and strong westerly winds are expected during Monday and Tuesday. There is a high risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

All current warnings can be viewed here

So that means

  • *Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
  • *Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
  • *Keep clear of fallen power lines.
  • *Bring children and pets indoors
  • *Make sure you roof is in good repair

If you require emergency assistance caused by the damaging wind conditions, please call the NSW SES on 132 500. If the situation is life threatening call triple zero (000).