Over the weekend the Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) Falls Creek Unit hosted an open day to showcase their brand new snow mobile, thanks to a Victorian Government grant.
With snow season the busiest for the Unit, the Falls Creek volunteers met with skiers and members of the community, to raise awareness of the role VICSES plays during alpine rescues.
The snow mobile is a vital addition to the Unit, providing aditional capability to perform snow rescues in tougher alpine areas. Additionally it adds to the safety of Unit members, by increasing the reliability of the ageing fleet.
The state-of-the-art vehicle was purchased through the government’s Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) grant of $18,098.
The Falls Creek Unit was established in 1981 and is made up of 25 active members, three of which have served their community with VICSES for more than 30 years.
VICSES volunteers undergo comphrensive weekly training, in order to assist Victoria Police with Alpine search and rescue operations all year round.
To find out how you can volunteer with VICSES, visit www.ses.vic.gov.au.