Emergency Services

The following Emergency Services are supported by the Lord Howe Island Board (LHIB).

Local Emergency Management Committee

The LEMC comprises representatives from all local emergency and support agencies. The committee is supported by the LHIB through the provision of administrative services. It is responsible for the planning, preparation, response and recovery of all matters relating to emergencies that may affect the local community.

State Emergency Service

The NSW SES is the emergency agency responsible to assist the public during periods of storms, floods and tsunami. The Lord Howe Island Local Unit is managed and manned by volunteers. It is also the first response rescue unit for road, industrial, domestic and other rescue incidents on the Island.

The LHIB has a responsibility to provide administrative support and assist in the provision of plant, labour and equipment when requested during emergencies.

Rural Fire Service

The NSW RFS is the emergency agency responsible to prevent and extinguish fires in all areas of the Island.

RFS Management is through an elected committee structure and assisted by mainland RFS professional employees.

The LHIB financially supports the operation of the Brigade through the local government contribution scheme and directly assists in the provision of plant, labour and equipment when requested during emergencies.