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Springvale's fresh start

Published 04/07/2013

The Springvale Unit of the Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES)  is opening its doors for potential new volunteer members.

Ten active volunteers currently make up Springvale SES. They're dedicated to helping the City of Greater Dandenong in its time of need.

The Springvale Unit has just moved to a new Headquarters in Dandenong, just off Cheltenham Road. The unit responds to flood and storm damage, search and rescues and also assists other emergency services such as the police with crime scene preservation. With a rotating roster, a volunteer group is available ‘on call’ 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, while accomodating members' work and personal commitments.

Philip Holt, Controller of the Springvale Unit said it was time to add some new volunteers, now that the group had moved into their new home.

SES volunteers will be trained in skills including first aid, OH&S, communications, chainsaws, lighting and generators just to name a few. Senior volunteers have the opportunity to learn about 4WDs, mapping and navigation and rooftop safety. Training is nationally accredited.

"If getting up in the wind and rain at 2am to help people in an emergency is not for you, there is still a place for you at Springvale SES," Mr Holt said.

"(We) also need members to do training and administration duties. Maybe you're recently retired and looking at helping the community now and would like to help with maintenance of vehicles, equipment or even the headquarters. If you don’t want to climb around on a roof making temporary repairs, maybe you would like to be a radio operator or manage the operations from the unit."

Springvale SES is holding two information sessions: Sunday 7 July starting at 2pm and Monday 8 July starting at 7pm at Unit 10, 42 Mills Rd Dandenong.

For more information please contact Priscilla on 9684 6699 during business hours or for more information, or talk to a local volunteer at one of the information sessions.