Gosnells State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers have been kept busy of the past two week-ends. Last week-end destructive winds hit the Perth metropolitan area, with the majority of damage within the City of Gosnells affecting Maddington. Two rescue teams spent the morning assisting residents, including one house in Weston Street that had tiles removed & smashed, and windows broken, as a result of the winds. A house further up the street suffered roof and wall damage as a result of a tree falling.
While the SES volunteers were assisting those with the greatest damage, local neighbours went to nearby residents and provided assistance where they could. “Had it not been for the community spirit, neighbour helping neighbour, the SES volunteers may have been busy all day”, said Gosnells SES Local Manager, Paul Hollamby.
The previous week-end saw many of these same volunteers either teaching or participating on a 4WD course. The ideal time to go bush walking is before the weather gets too hot. The SES assist in searching for missing persons so there is a big need for volunteers to get to inhospitable locations quickly and safely. The training included techniques for rocky hills and sand driving which occur throughout the state. SES Volunteers from Kalamunda and Serpentine/Jarrahdale also participated in the training.
It is worth remembering that volunteers would not be able to make this commitment without the support of their families and employers. We train regularly to be able to combat many types of natural and man-made disasters. In the last month we have assisted with Operations preparations and help other units with a navigation course. 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.
SES Volunteers from the Gosnells SES Unit repairing roof damage