The past two weeks have been busy for the volunteers within the State Emergency Service (SES). Monday evening two weeks ago the Gosnells SES responded with 3 search teams to assist 6 other units search for a missing person in Pickering Brook. Eight days later, on 17th February the Gosnells SES unit sent 3 vehicles with searchers up to Yanchep. It was about a 90 minute drive, with the last Gosnells volunteers getting home about 2am. After a couple of hours sleep, they returned to work.
About twenty eight hours later, Gosnells SES volunteers joined volunteers from other SES units to start searching last Friday morning for a missing person. The search was called off late afternoon by the Police. The next morning, a small team of volunteers responded to assist where a car had crashed into bedroom. Fortunately no one was there at the time. Once the the car had been removed, the SES isolated the utilities and performed temporary shoring, making the area safe.
This has been a busy two weeks and has had a big impact on the volunteers family and work commitments. “The care shown towards the community by the volunteers is significant and deserves acknowledgement”, said Gosnells SES Local Manager, Paul Hollamby. 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. 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.