The two Wollongong City Units comprises around 110 volunteer members who provide immediate
assistance to the City of Wollongong, which extends from Waterfall in the north
to Yallah in the south and is home to around 190,000 people.
Our members are available to respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist
the community in any natural or man-made emergency.
Our Core role
Our core role is to provide emergency assistance
during flood, storm and tsunami events. We make temporary repairs to buildings
damaged during storms, rescue people who are endangered, trapped or injured by floods
or storms and evacuate those whose properties are threatened or made uninhabitable
due to these events.
As well as providing an emergency response to flood and storm events we also work to
help lessen their impact on the community by preparing plans, working with the Bureau
of Meteorology to develop and disseminate warnings and providing community education.
Our Rescue role
We are accredited by the State Rescue Boardfor Flood Rescue (Level 3) and Vertical Rescue.
Our Support role
The NSW SES also provides assistance to other Emergency Services when they need it. Our
Unit has a good working relationship with the other Emergency Service organisations
in the Wollongong area so we have quite an active support role. Our most common support
task is to the Police in searching for missing persons or for evidence at a crime
Some other tasks that we provide support for in is assisting with shoring up buildings damaged by
vehicles and providing support during bushfires for things like evacuations, transporting
personnel and equipment and assisting with road closures.