ON THE FRONTLINE: Storm and flooding events this year made up the bulk of work for SES crews on the Northern Rivers.
ON THE FRONTLINE: Storm and flooding events this year made up the bulk of work for SES crews on the Northern Rivers. MIREILLE MERLET-SHAW

Latest figures show slow year for SES

STATE Emergency Services have had a "relatively quiet year" in 2016, the latest Northern Rivers statistics reveal.

Richmond/Tweed SES operations officer, Chad Ellis said the region's 1574 incident total isn't reflective of higher call out numbers in previous years.

Mr Ellis said many volunteers were sent out of area for floods in western regions of the state.

Ballina SES unit controller, Gerry Burnage expressed similar sentiments for his 70-person crew operations.

Storm and flooding events consumed most of the unit's resources this year with volunteers dedicating 1283 hours to 257 incidents.

Mr Burnage noted SES attendance at road crashes was down this year compared to last year.

Ballina's statistics reveal a very up-skilled unit with 7061 hours invested in courses and training.

Mr Burnage said despite the numbers showing a slow year, he emphasised other efforts by volunteers outside their designated hours.

Total jobs for Northern Rivers SES units in 2016

Ballina: 307

Lismore: 281

Mullumbimby: 234

Woodburn: 73 (45 of which were related to a major storm event in Coraki in January)

Coraki: 12



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