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19/01/2014 – Gosnells Break-in Update

Update to SES Volunteers Devastated

Volunteers from the Gosnells State Emergency Service (SES) Unit received devastating news in the early hours of Saturday morning. Some thoughtless individuals vandalised the Gosnells Emergency Operation Centre used by both the Gosnells SES and Gosnells Bush Fire Brigade.  Effective Saturday afternoon, Gosnells SES resumed full operational capability.   “Once the Police had completed their forensic investigations we were able to being cleaning and taking stock of what equipment had been damaged and stolen.”, said Paul Hollamby, Local Manager Gosnells SES.

Unfortunately the scars of this thoughtlessness will remain for many weeks while repairs are carried out and equipment is replaced.  While volunteers will now feel vulnerable that their personal property is at risk, it will be hoped that this thoughtlessness will not adversely affect the recruitment and retention of these dedicated members and potential members. Paul Hollamby said “I hope that our volunteers will consider that the action of a minority does not reflect the gratitude of the wider community”.

The Gosnells SES has a very good working relationship with the City of Gosnells, and we are very grateful for the assistance provided during the incident and with the clean-up of the Gosnells Emergency Operations Centre.  “Gosnells SES would like to thank the SES volunteers from across the state, and the broader community for their support during this devastating time”, said Paul Hollamby.

It is worth remembering that volunteers would not be able to make this commitment without the support of their families and employers.  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.


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