Kalbarri SES November 2020 report:
November was a quiet month for Kalbarri SES operationally with only one callout at 7.00am on November 7th when we were requested to standby to assist in a search for possible missing persons after a dinghy was located abandoned north of the river mouth. 8 volunteers responded and readied the flood boat to convey searchers only to be stood down when the boats occupants were located by sea rescue. nevertheless, this was a good exercise in response and readiness.
On November 4th, Kalbarri SES volunteers hosted a group of students from the Leaning Tree School in Geraldton. The youngsters took part in various activities including abseiling, a mock land search and flood boat. A great time was had by both the students and the volunteers who attended.
On November 11th all of the local emergency services were involved in a multi-agency emergency response exercise. The scenario involved a simulated boat fire in the estuary resulting in injured occupants, missing people, searches and rescues from the boat, the river and land. SES was heavily involved in roles including using the flood boat to convey crews to the target vessel, first aid and evacuation of casualties, search and recovery of missing persons and coordination of the operation. The entire event ran very smoothly and was a great opportunity for emergency services to work together as a team. A big thanks to Kalbarri District High School Bushrangers who dig a great job as casualties during this exercise.
On November 18th, Kalbarri SES welcomed outdoor education students from Kalbarri District High School to the unit where they took part in abseiling and climbing activities which they will use during future trips to the local gorges.
ON November 21st & 22nd, Kalbarri SES hosted a 2-day Field Equipment Course during which participants were trained in the use of field communications equipment. They are now able to set up communications networks and cover communication black spots. These skills are essential when operation in remote areas such as our region.
On Sunday November 11th Local volunteers attended at the Skywalk in Kalbarri National Park where they set up rope systems and abseiled from the walkway. While at the bottom they collected a quantity of rubbish including hats, bottles, plastic bags and papers that had been dropped by visitors over the past moths. This gave us a great opportunity to establish strategies should we need to conduct a vertical rescue at this location as well as keeping the area clean.
We returned to the Skywalk on the evening of November 16th where we set up a Larkin Rescue Frame and conducted several mock rescues from the walkway. We also abseiled to the bottom and honed our skills at climbing the ropes back to the top, hard work but well worth the effort.