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02/05/2018 – Kalbarri News for May 2018

Kalbarri SES May 2018 report:

April 2018 was another busy month for Kalbarri SES with 3 mobilisations and continuing training.

Operations attended in March 2018:

At 5.30 pm on Wednesday April 11th  Kalbarri SES was placed on standby to assist in a search for a missing 12 year old boy in bush 60km south of Mount Magnet. 6 volunteers made themselves available and attended the unit to prepare vehicles and equipment for possibly a 3 day deployment with the intention of departing Kalbarri at 5.00 am the following morning. Fortunately, we received word that the boy had been located late that night and we stood down.

Missing Child at Kalbarri National Park.

On Tuesday, April 23rd, 6 Kalbarri SES volunteers responded to a call to search for a missing child at Natures Window in Kalbarri National Park. Again this ended with a good result when the child was located by his parents and the SES was stood down while en-route to the job.

Casualty Evacuation, Natures Window, Kalbarri National Park.

On Wednesday, April 25th, 6 Kalbarri SES volunteers responded to a report that a tourist had collapsed at Natures Window in Kalbarri National Park. Crews reached the location and located the casualty about a hundred metres from the Window in an unwell state. We provided first aid and oxygen and stabilised her before securing her in a stretcher. With the help of Parks and Wildlife officers and some bystanders, the stretcher was manhandled to the pathway and then wheeled on our “mule” to the carpark where the casualty was handed over to St John Ambulance volunteers for transport to the medical centre for treatment.

Another successful evacuation from our Gorges!


Kalbarri SES hosted a Single Rope Rescue course at the Unit Headquarters on April 14th & 15th with volunteers from other units completing training.

Fortnightly Training:

Kalbarri SES holds training at unit headquarters every 2nd Monday from 1845hrs to 2100hrs. The training is interactive with volunteers responding to various scenarios and developing and practicing various responses. These sessions are also where we maintain our equipment to ensure that it is in operational condition when it is required.

Recent training has included a night time maritime navigation exercise using our flood rescue boat to navigate to various scenarios on the river and a night of simulated rope rescues to brush up on skills.

Rescue operation at Natures Window in Kalbarri National Park

Rescue operation at Natures Window in Kalbarri National Park

Rescue operation at Natures Window in Kalbarri National Park


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