Illawarra State Emergency Service volunteer dies during storm clean-up

Police will prepare a report for the coroner after the death of a 39-year-old Albion Park man assisting with storm damage on Wednesday.

The SES volunteer was with a crew removing a fallen tree in Flinders when he collapsed around 3:35pm, said Lake Illawarra Acting Inspector Peter Northey.

Inspector Northey said CPR was administered and the man was taken to Shellharbour Hospital, but could not be revived.

He said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant expressed his deepest sympathies to the volunteer’s family and friends.

“My thoughts and prayers are also with the broader emergency services community, especially the SES crew who performed first aid on the man,” Mr Grant said.


NSW State Emergency Service can confirm that a NSW SES volunteer member has passed away after collapsing today (Nov 28, 2018) whilst on duty. 

NSW Police will be preparing a report for the Coroner, and as such, the NSW SES cannot provide any further information at this stage. 

NSW SES Commissioner Mark Smethurst and the NSW SES family send our heartfelt condolences to the family and fellow Unit members.