MONASH SES (Victoria) RED TEAM
Monash SES has a group of volunteers comprising mainly retired people, known as Red Team. This team predominantly, although not exclusively, takes on the role as call-out crew during daylight hours on weekdays, when the majority of volunteers are at work. Other volunteers are able to join with Red Team when they are available. Red Team members’ ages range from the 60s through to the mid 70s, which means the team members bring a lot of experience to the organisation.
The team has former engineers, teachers, financial advisors, mechanics and production workers in its ranks. This has given Red Team a broad knowledge base, which they readily apply, when facing the problems presented in requests for help from the community. Red Team has an excellent record of response to requests for assistance. The team has an average of responding to one hundred RFAs, per member, per year, with a couple of the members reaching close to two hundred responses.
“One of the great things with this team is the camaraderie, knowing we can depend on each other and get a job done efficiently and effectively, with enthusiasm”. said Peter, a team member of five years’ experience. “What I like about leading this team is, I don’t have to give a lot of instructions or directions, when arriving on a scene” said John, a Team Leader. “The members know what they have to do to set up the scene safely, allowing me to make an assessment of the task. It really aids the Team Leader’s role, knowing I can rely on these people.”
“The Monash Unit is very lucky to have such a dedicated and responsive group of people.” the Unit Controller, George Haitidis, said. “It means we can provide excellent coverage and service to our community. It makes my job so much easier, knowing they are there ready to respond.”
Submitted by Peter Kelly
Printed in the Phoenix which is the Official Lournal of the Victorian SES Volunteers Association Issue 193 September 2018