This week we teamed up with our neighbours from the Melville State Emergency Service, for an Urban Search and Rescue exercise.
Navigating rubble piles and rescuing ‘casualties’ kept us busy! Thanks Melville for a great night of training!
SES contact number: if you need SES help in a storm or severe weather our number is 132 500.
‘The State Emergency Service (SES) is a volunteer division of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), Western Australia’s leading Hazard Management Agency (HMA) for natural disasters.
SES volunteers play a vital role in responding to natural disasters and emergencies on behalf of the community.
What is the SES telephone number?
Before you call the SES think about the following:
- The nature of your enquiry and whether the SES is appropriate for your needs
- Call triple zero (000) for fire and life threatening emergencies call
- Call 132 500 for urgent property repairs that you cannot fix yourself.
When you call the SES
Due to the high level of demand during a natural disaster people need to remain patient and be prepared to wait.
- Speak slowly and clearly
- Tell us exactly where to come
- All requests are prioritised by urgency
- Major structural damage will be attended to first
- Avoid clogging up emergency hotlines with unrelated requests
What will the SES help me with?
- Assisting with significant structural damage like collapsed roofs or ceilings
- Making temporary emergency repairs to homes and buildings
- Removing fallen trees that have damaged homes and cars
- Sandbagging areas in danger of flooding
- Pumping out flood water
- Rescuing trapped or injured people, and helping people relocate if they are in danger
What won’t the SES help me with?
- Clearing debris and organising permanent repairs
- Attending to broken fences, trees that have fallen on fences or if there is debris around your property or in your pool
- Basic repairs that you can manage yourself’
Deputy manager Alli awards Bill with two stripes.
A big congratulations to our new training manager Bill Mijatovic.
Bill has a great amount of experience in SES and we look forward to what’s in store for our training this year!
Thank you to Karen our out going training manager for her efforts and time.
After nearly a 2 month break from training, our unit will start regular weekly training tonight, to maintain our skills, ready for rescue. Welcome back everybody!
This past fortnight, some of our members have been training to become base radio operators. Personnel are given radios and as base radio operators (the central radio operator) send and receive messages, recording every message on a communications log and a specific ‘message’ form. This training enables personnel to operate the base radio during an incident such as a search or a storm operation. It can be very demanding work and personnel have to scribe correctly and quickly! This training took place at our Cockburn SES base. Below is a photo of Mark scribing all the messages he receives.
This weekend a group of Cockburn SES personnel attended the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES; formerly FESA) Fire and Emergency Services Conference. A great weekend was had by all and it was very informative! We return refreshed, with new ideas to assist our unit and our community!