In Response to: Devastating bushfires
Location: Kangaroo Island
Active: Feb 22, 2020 to Mar 22, 2020
ObjectiveOperation TIGER was an extremely positive yet challenging operation. With the operation being located on Kangaroo Island presented its own unique challenge, however through the coordination and joint efforts of TRA Cells the forward movement and deployment of personnel was actioned effectively. Wave One set conditions and prepped the AO for ongoing waves, including use of FULCRUM in order to conduct Damage assessments. TRA made efforts from the outset to embed our personnel in the Local recovery centres in order to create greater efficiency in the recovery effort. The coordination and liaison here ensured that TRA was tasked with activities commensurate within our means and capabilities throughout.
As the operation continued the scale and magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic began to take effect. Government restrictions on movement and the phased closing of State Borders meant the rapid demobilisation of not only TRA but other NGOs in the area was inevitable. An accelerated demobilisation of personnel and assets was executed over the weekend of 21/22 Mar 2020. Although ending prematurely, the operation had a notably positive impact on the island, and prior to cessation of the operation, TRA were poised and ready to commence work on considerable projects with local government. These represent a great opportunity to return and continue the work in the area.