Busy start to May, the Gosnells State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers were busy with a number of activities over last week. It started last Sunday, participating and assisting the Gosnells RSL with Anzac Day. On Friday and Saturday, 6 members from Gosnells SES, and a number from Armadale SES assisted with Urban Descent, which raises funds for the PMH Foundation (Princess Margaret Hospital). The target this year was $300,000.
On Saturday evening, the City of Gosnells conducted an evening to recognise the volunteers and their families from the Gosnells State Emergency Service and Gosnells Bush Fire Brigade. The Mayor Owen Searle presented a number of certificates to volunteers from both organisations recognising five, ten and fifteen year’s service to the Gosnells community. FESA Assistant Chief Operations Officer SES Gary Gifford, also presented on the night, SES Long Service Medals and clasps recognising twenty eight years service by Joe Taylor and Phillip Petersen, and thirty years service by Jim Ridgwell. Gary Gifford said “These are the first of these medals presented to volunteers in Western Australia”.
The partners, spouses and families were also thanked on the evening. Without the support of families, the SES and BFB would not be able to provide the exception level of emergency services to the Gosnells community. “The role and dedication of the volunteers was evident on the night. A call was received during the evening and a search team was assembled from the volunteers present, for first thing the next morning”, said Mark Geary, Local Manager Gosnells SES.
Coming up this Saturday, between 10am and 2pm at Bunning Maddington, is an excellent opportunity to meet the Gosnells volunteers that helped out during the recent storms that hit Perth in March. Training with the SES is open to men and women, of all ages over 18. Contact the Gosnells SES on 9459 8015 to find out more about becoming a volunteer.