SES Volunteer's Association of Western Australia Incorporated

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15/03/2023 – Thank you SES Units

Western Australia State Emergency Service

Thank You SES

The Officer in charge (OIC) of the Donnybrook Police Station received a letter from the daughter of a woman who was located during a search for her and was now being safely cared for in hospital.  The letter was kindly shared with the SES Units involved in the search.

Below extract from the letter which is a testament to the invaluable service

“To all those involved in the recent search effort, first and foremost, thank you. Your efforts, dedication and commitment to finding [our mother] gave us all hope and confidence in an incredibly stressful time.

To WAPOL we cannot speak highly enough of your professionalism and dedication. This extended beyond the search effort with officers from Donnybrook police station following up with phone calls to check in on our family. Your commitment from the onset was unwavering and your personal contact during this time was appreciated more than words can say. We acknowledge and thank all those from police stations in the Southwest as well as Bunbury Acting Inspector and Detective Sergeant.

To all SES, to see the dedicated team of volunteers turning up for two days of searching in dense scrub, dodging tiger snakes and getting on with the task at hand was amazing.

Volunteers are never taken for granted and every minute that was dedicated to finding our relative was time taken away from our own lives. We will be forever grateful, and we have a deep respect for what you do.

As a volunteer with [WA Ambulance], to see and hear the willingness of my colleagues to be on standby was overwhelming to say the least. To have my local crew look after our relative when we found them, provided us with such reassurance of their care. As with any volunteering, we are acutely aware that this takes time away from other parts of life and is not taken for granted.

Lastly, we would like to acknowledge and thank the numerous others involved in the search, including the RAC rescue helicopter, the police fixed wing plane pilots, the drone operators, the SES search dogs, the media and many friends and family.

You have all given us more time with our relative and this is a priceless gift.”