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Mandurah SES Unit Does Well
On Thursday 1 December the Mandurah SES Unit conducted its annual awards night.  The work of many Volunteers was acknowledged that night and in particular the SES Cadets.  During the nights proceedings, the SESVA President, Gordon Hall, acknowledged the phenomenal amount of work the SES Volunteers and cadets have put into the Unit over the past forty years.  Gordon also acknowledged the dedication over many years and the work put in by Local Manager Chris Stickland and his team in getting the cadets to the level they are today.  Gordon presented the unit with a plaque celebrating their forty years and acknowledging the amount of assistance and work the SES Volunteers put into the local community.

On Monday 5 December, at a special breakfast function at the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club the Mandurah SES was once again held in high regard for all of it’s work in assisting their local Community.  Deputy Manager, Phil Rance, was awarded Peel district volunteer of the year.   Mary-Therese Shanks was runner up in the youth award for the Peel district.

To top off Mandurah’s festivity season the unit has been informally advised that they will be moving into their new headquarters in January. These headquarters had officlally been opened in June this year

Gordon Hall presenting the Mandurah Unit with a plaque celebrating their forty years

Phil Rance receiving his award at the MOFSC.

GPS Challenge - 4 December 2016
The Gosnells SES unit hosted a GPS Challenge to for an opportunity to learn and test their skills.  Whilst the invitation was open to all Metro SES units, only 4 units provide six teams that took the challenge and they were:

  • Kalamunda
  • Rockingham
  • Stirling
  • Gosnells

The Gosnells operations team was able to track progress of the teams using UHF radio communications and mapping tool Ozi Explorer.  Safety teams had an easy day with no incidents.  Feedback afterwards, was that it was worthwhile with more SES Volunteers accepting the need to learn this skill, in addition to their NURE qualification. Perhaps a competency to achieve is required?
Thanks to Cherese for the photos of two happy participants on locating their Waypoints and thanks to the Gosnells team who arranged the event. WELL DONE.
There was a sausage sizzle to feed the hungry teams at the conclusion, compliments of DFES.

Phillip Petersen ESM

Some Pictures on the day

I found it

Even with one arm I can still use the GPS

Operations attended in November 2016

Recovery in Kalbarri National Park:
Kalbarri SES members assisted in the recovery of a deceased person from a precipitous location in Kalbarri National Park. This operation involved members utilising vertical rope skills and equipment to successfully recover the deceased to a location where he could be removed by vehicle. While tasks such as this are unfortunate they are very necessary and SES members are well trained and equipped to deal with these situations.

Roof damage:
SES members attended a home in Kalbarri and carried out repairs to a roof damaged by strong winds.


Fire Bomber Loading:
SES has responsibility for arranging the filling of aircraft used to bomb bushfires. With the fire season upon us, Kalbarri SES volunteers attended training at Kalbarri Airport on October 29th and upgraded their skills in this area.

Operating Communications Equipment:
Members attended a course held at Carnarvon to learn the use of various communications equipment including VHF, UHF and HF radio equipment, setting up and operation radio repeater stations and using communications field equipment.

Vertical Rope Rescue:
In November, SES volunteers were joined by members of other Mid West/Gascoyne units to conduct a vertical rope rescue training excercise at Hawkes Head in Kalbarri National Park.

Fortnightly training:
Regular training is an important component of all SES units. Due to the diverse situations that volunteers attend and the wide range of equipment used members need to be up to date with information and skills.  Training includes topics such as life support, navigation, rescue techniques, ropes and knots, cliff rescue, storm damage, flood operations, flood boats, searches, communications and numerous other tasks. Volunteers also learn to use and maintain a large range of equipment from vehicles and boats to chainsaws and ropes.

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 practising various response at Unit Headquarters, Magee Crescent.

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