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Geelong SES to make a splash

Published 24/01/2013

Victoria State Emergency Service’s (SES) Geelong Unit will be in the middle of the action at this weekend’s Festival of Sails.

With 100,000 people expected to flock to the Geelong Waterfront this Australia Day weekend to soak up the sailing regatta and a wide range of entertainment, SES volunteers are preparing a number of interesting and fun activities for the whole family.

Out in the bay, SES rescue boat specialists will simulate the rescue of a person trapped in the water and their safe delivery to land, demonstrating the skills they use both in ocean and riverine rescue, as well as in dangerous flood waters.

Meanwhile, at Steampacket Gardens, children will meet SES Mascot Paddy Platypus, there will be a range of giveaways and members of the community will have the opportunity to try their hand at some of the tools and techniques SES volunteers use in defending the lives and properties of the Victorian community.

Geelong SES Unit Deputy Controller Stephen Sennett said community awareness of the SES and its role was extremely important.

“Not many people are too familiar with exactly how much the SES does. Events like this go a long way towards showing people our versatility as an emergency service, and how we can help them and their communities”, he said.