Recruits graduate in East region
In November, 17 Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers graduated to become fully trained and qualified members in General Rescue in the East region of the state.
Over a four-month period that commenced with recruitment stories in the local paper, members of the public were transformed into Emergency Rescue volunteers to assist Sale, Maffra, Stratford and Rosedale SES units.
Regional Officer and Squad Coordinator Adam Townsend said, “It has been a fantastic result for SES in the Sale catchment to have 23 members sign up with 17 graduating so far.”
SES East Regional Manager Clint Saarinen presented each of the volunteer recruits with a graduation certificate, group photo and a DVD showcasing their training over the past few months.
“Sale SES Unit has commenced Road Crash Rescue Training and will soon provide that service for the Sale township, so the injection of these new members has come at an exciting time,” Mr Townsend said.
Each of these members undertook training in a range of fields including first aid, casualty handling, lifting equipment, cutting equipment, ladders, knots, pulleys and winches, anchors and holdfasts. SES is the control agency for flood, storm, tsunami and earthquake and as such the training needs to be broad and involve a range of different skills.
Specialised training in Road Crash Rescue, land and alpine search and rescue, rescue boat operations, four wheel drive and chainsaws is offered to members once they have completed their General Rescue qualification.
SES is always looking for more volunteers, and the East region will run another recruitment drive in the new year. For more information visit our Volunteer page or phone the SES East Region Office on (03) 5153 1322.