Recognition for Volunteers
May was a month for recognition of the State Emergency Service, especially those in Gosnells. At the beginning of the month Perth was introduced to a severe storm warning. This was an ideal opportunity for the Gosnells SES to work with the City of Gosnells to deploy a variable message sign trailer to warn residents of the pending storm. This trailer was acquired through a federal disaster mitigation funding.
This message to the community was quite timely. The following week was Storm Awareness Week and was prompted by State Emergency Service volunteers across WA this week. Coincidently this week is also National Volunteer Week. The same week was also National Volunteer Week. This is important for all emergency service volunteers, as many of the functions that are performed by the volunteers away from the general public.
The City of Gosnells assisted with celebrating National Volunteer Week by putting on a thank you event for the volunteers and their families. Late in the afternoon activities including face painting and bouncy castle were provided for the children. After a pleasant meal, the Mayor of Gosnells recognised the contribution of the volunteers, presenting appreciation certificates to 8 SES volunteers for a combined160 years to the Gosnells community. A Superintendent of DFES then presented a National Medal and SES Long Service clasps to 3 volunteers for their combined 100 years emergency service.
“Between May and October each year, storms can bring damaging winds, heavy rainfall, flash flooding and storm surge to southern parts of Western Australia including the metropolitan area”, said Paul Hollamby, Local Manager. “Severe storms can include thunder, lightning, hail, flash flooding, tornados and gale force winds, and the best way to protect your home, family and business from these elements is to be prepared.”
It is worth remembering that volunteers would not be able to make this commitment without the support of their families and employers. The SES 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.