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Refurbished Seymour Unit officially opened

Published 15/10/2012

The opening of a newly-refurbished headquarters will help Victoria State Emergency Service’s (SES) Seymour Unit continue its vital role in the community.

The new facility’s $50,000 upgrade was officially opened on Sunday by Member for Seymour Cindy McLeish, representing Police and Emergency Services Minister Peter Ryan.

Ms McLeish said the facility would provide vastly improved condition for Seymour’s 27 active SES members and eight new recruits, helping them respond effectively to emergencies in their area.

“Seymour SES assists with local storm, flood and road rescue emergencies as well as helping other communities in times of need," she said.

“Most recently Seymour SES assisted with the Brimbank storms over Christmas in 2011, the Nathalia and Numurkah floods in February and March 2012 and numerous searches within the North East Region.”

Ms McLeish said the unit was also instrumental in educating the local community about what to do during emergencies, providing information and advice at local school fetes and holding regular displays at the Seymour market.

“It’s hoped the newly refurbished Seymour SES facilities will help the unit continue serving and educating the community well into the future,” she said.

Mr Ryan praised the efforts of SES volunteers who last year delivered more than 146,000 volunteer hours between them across the state.

“Local volunteer agencies such as Seymour SES are the backbone of Victoria’s emergency service response,” he said.

“The State Government recognises the important role emergency service volunteers play, and will continue to support them.

“It’s hoped the newly refurbished facilities at Seymour will help the SES Unit continue training and recruiting new members.”

The Seymour SES refurbishment includes a dedicated training room, a new kitchen and amenities for volunteers and extra storage space to assist with the safe and secure storage of equipment.