ACTSES joins search for missing plane

Released 08/04/2014

Four ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) volunteers will leave tomorrow to join the continued search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) made a formal request to the ACTSES to assist in the search, which began one month ago.

"The four ACTSES volunteers will play a major role in supporting the AMSA as air search observers off Western Australia," Mr Corbell said.

"They will join other emergency service personnel in a collaborative effort to try and locate the missing aircraft in the Indian Ocean off Western Australia.

"Our thoughts are with the families who are suffering from this tragedy.  

"Having previously participated as air search observers across parts of Australia, from Queensland to Tasmania, this will be the furthest ACTSES volunteers have been deployed to in assisting search and rescue authorities. It demonstrates how valuable ACTSES volunteers are to the community.

"Last week during a rain event, ACTSES responded to more than 40 calls for help from the Canberra community, assisting with leaking roofs, minor flooding and fallen trees and branches. They are also regularly called to assist ACT Policing with search and rescue operations, assist in local community events with traffic marshalling and first aid, and are called to provide support to other emergency services.

"I would also like to thank the employers of the SES volunteers for releasing their staff to attend major operations like this search mission."

The four ACTSES volunteers - Paul Cortese, Jacinta Cortese, Chris Viner-Smith and James Montgomery - will leave the ACT tomorrow for the four-day deployment.

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