Navy Doctor contributes to Defence bushfire response in the Adelaide Hills

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Ben Robinson (author), CPL Tristan Kennedy (photographer)

Location(s): Adelaide Hills, SA

Topic(s): Reserves, Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST

Royal Australian Navy Medical Officer Lieutenant Armand Edison from HMAS Creswell deployed with a mobile medical team in the Adelaide Hills during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: CPL Tristan Kennedy)
Royal Australian Navy Medical Officer Lieutenant Armand Edison from HMAS Creswell deployed with a mobile medical team in the Adelaide Hills during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

Australian Army soldiers from 16th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, Emergency Support Force have continued to support bushfire affected communities across the Adelaide Hills.

The troops have expanded their capability to deliver water to those requiring it, with the arrival of additional water transport assets to Woodside Barracks, South Australia.

The team has been bolstered by the arrival of specialist Royal Australian Navy and New Zealand Defence Force personnel to enhance support of our operations in the field.

Lieutenant Armand Edison, a Navy Reserve Medical Officer, said this was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate that the ADF is capable and ready for these kinds of emergencies.

“In my civilian employment, I am employed as a General Practitioner with qualifications in Emergency and Primary Care at Norwest Private Hospital and Castle Hill Medical Centre in New South Wales.

“My employer at Castle Hill Medical Centre was more than happy for me to use my skills to help our fellow Australians in need.

“As an emergency doctor, I’m used to dealing with people and their families who have been through traumatic events, so having these skills has been invaluable when supporting not just the local communities, but also the state emergency services and other volunteer organisations.

“It has been a great experience to work alongside our counterparts from the New Zealand Medical detachment and the breadth of experience that they have in dealing with disasters in other parts of the world,” Lieutenant Edison said.

The 16th Regiment Emergency Support Force continues to support and work alongside our state emergency services and volunteer agencies, with Australian Defence Force members continuing to conduct the removal of hazardous trees and limbs, repair fencing, clear debris, and provide support.

Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20 imagery is available on the Defence Image Gallery:
https://images.defence.gov.au/S20192970.

L-R: New Zealand Army officer Lieutenant Diana Denhaan, Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Armand Edison and New Zealand Army combat medic Lance Corporal Phillip Vind are deployed as a mobile medical team to the Adelaide Hills during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

L-R: New Zealand Army officer Lieutenant Diana Denhaan, Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Armand Edison and New Zealand Army combat medic Lance Corporal Phillip Vind are deployed as a mobile medical team to the Adelaide Hills during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.