Volunteers Get the Miles
Over the past week, volunteers from Gosnells State Emergency Service (SES) Units and other SES units have made themselves available for two different searches.
Last Thursday, 12 volunteers from the Metropolitan area committed to a four day deployment to a land search around Fitzroy Crossing. Gosnells SES sent a Land Search Team Leader. The search was called off later that morning and the volunteers returned home to their families later that afternoon.
Over the last few days, volunteers, including those from the Gosnells SES have been assisting with the maritime search off Western Australia. For many years AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) has run very detailed maritime air observer training for SES volunteers, and on numerous occasions Gosnells volunteers have assisted in these searches. Additional information can be found at http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/23032014_media_release_update12mh…
“SES volunteers make a significant commitment when undertaking search training and is supported by their families, knowing that due to Western Australia’s remoteness, it could include up to a week away from their families” 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. 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.