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17/02/2012 – Yanchep Search (updated with picture)

A message from a member of the Public.

I just want to thank you for a job well done for searching for the missing man in Yanchep.  I have only recently moved to Yanchep WA, and am absolutely amazed at how everyone pulls together at a time of emergency.  We had a team come to our house to do a back yard search, they were so polite and professional, especially, after searching the whole day they must have been so tired…   Thank you to all the volunteers for giving up your time!   I will be looking into becoming a volunteer too, after what I saw!

An 87-year-old man missing in Yanchep for two days has been found this morning (Thursday).  A police spokesman said Norman Mills was located safe and well in Yanchep about 6.30am. Mr Mills is being treated at the Joondalup Health Campus for dehydration and sunburn, but is otherwise in good health.    SES Volunteers alongside Police had been involved in searching for Mr Mills on Wednesday night. There were 152 SES volunteers involved in the search operation drawn from SES Units accross the Metropolitan area.  One of the new lighting towers from ESL funding was used in the Search HQs. The new $45,000 lighting tower ( complete with bells and whistles) was supplied by Bayswater SES unit. Also our thanks to the Salvos for catering.

Coverage by

Phillip Petersen ESM

SES Volunteers are extensively trained in land search operations and are called on routinely by the WA Police Service to locate missing persons or forensic evidence following a crime.

SES Volunteers receive training in the following aspects of land search operations ;

  • Search operations
  • Provision of field headquarters
  • Search teams management
  • Search technics
  • Incident management
  • Communications
  • Conduct rescue
  • Provision of access to untrained personnel
  • Transfer casualties to ambulance / medical aid
  • Emergency power / light
  • Provision of field catering


SES Volunteers at the Yanchep search during briefing


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