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Queensland | Minister applauds Straddie bushfire heroes’ efforts

Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle today visited North Stradbroke Island to thank firefighters, police and other state emergency services personnel who have spent over a week battling a major bushfire during increasingly hot, dry and unpredictable conditions.

“Like most Queenslanders watching the devastating bushfire unfold on North Stradbroke Island over the last week, I was in awe of the sheer power of the fire and humbled by the mighty efforts of countless number of people who are determined to manage it,” Mr McArdle said.

“I congratulate and thank everyone involved for their ongoing efforts to safely reduce the level of damage that would otherwise be associated with a major Australian bushfire, especially one that is occurring in the middle of the hottest and driest part of our summer so far.”

Mr McArdle also paid tribute to Energex, Seqwater and Redland Council staff who, behind the scenes, worked tirelessly to maintain energy and water supply services on North Stradbroke Island, as well as in other parts of the Redland Council area.

“Despite the increasing demand associated with the scorching heat right across Queensland, Energex and Seqwater continued to work with Redland Council and other agencies to restore and maintain services,” he said.

“Energex, Seqwater and Redland Council worked together to restore and maintain water and power supply against increasing odds, including significant bushfire damage to assets.”

Energex and Seqwater are well advanced in restoring all permanent electricity and water services to the island.

Tasmania | Chainsaws stolen from SES during callout

On Wednesday 2 October 2013, 2 chainsaws were stolen from an SES rescue truck parked in Dover Street, Dover Village, a suburb of Launceston.  The incident happened at 10pm.

At the time SES volunteers were responding to a request for assistance at a residence in the street.

SES Assistant Director George Cretu expressed his disappointment at the theft.  “On Wednesday we had over 50 SES volunteers in the Northern Region alone working hard to assist the community with over 70 calls for assistance throughout the day.  For someone to help themselves to vital equipment in the middle of a call-out affects the ability of our organisation to undertake its vital community role during emergency incidents.  The SES has no great reserve of equipment so a loss like this has a big impact,” he said.

The chainsaws are Both Stihl saws, anMS362 valued at $1450 and the other an MS310 an valued at $1100.

Tasmania Police have been advised of the theft.  Anyone with information in relation to the theft is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Victoria | Woman rescued in marathon operation – Blackwood

Ambulance Victoria paramedics joined with SES volunteers and Parks Victoria staff to rescue a woman injured in a fall in the Lerderderg State Park on Saturday afternoon.

Advanced life support paramedics were called just after one o’clock to treat a woman in her 60s who suffered shoulder injuries when she fell about two-and-a-half metres in the park.

Advanced life support paramedic Mark Lyszczarz said the woman was walking with a group of people when she was injured.

‘Thankfully they had a mobile phone and were able to call triple zero [000],’ Mr Lyszczarz said. ‘They were also able to give us their location thanks to the emergency location markers installed in the park by Parks Victoria.

‘We met Parks Victoria staff who took us about four kilometres along a track. From there we had to hike for almost an hour to reach the woman.’

Overhanging trees and a steep embankment made it unsafe to use a helicopter to winch the woman out, so paramedics requested the assistance of SES volunteers.

‘Two SES units were brought in for the difficult task of carrying the woman back to the Parks Victoria 4WD,’ Mr Lyszczarz said. ‘The SES crews did a fantastic job carrying the woman in a stokes litter over incredibly rough, steep and rocky terrain.

‘The woman was then placed into an SES 4WD and taken to the ambulance. She was taken to Sunshine Hospital in a stable condition.

‘The whole rescue operation took about seven hours, and wouldn’t have been possible without the co-operation of Parks Victoria and SES.’

New South Wales | Wicked weather serves warning for upcoming storm season

Mother Nature has sent out an early warning for the upcoming storm season with heavy rain and damaging winds causing damage around New South Wales over the past 48 hours.

With 74 teams in the field working throughout the night and into today, the NSW SES has been assisting with over 340 call-outs for leaking and damaged roofs and trees down.

The hardest hit areas were around the Illawarra and South Coast where NSW SES volunteers responded to 172 jobs. Winds over 100kmh roared through coastal communities including Bateman’s Bay where a house lost its roof and a boat was overturned in the harbour.

The Moruya area was drenched with 204mm of rain in 24 hours and this has led to a Minor Flood Warning for the Deua River at Wamban being issued.

Sydney was impacted to a lesser extent with 130 call-outs, particularly in the southern suburbs of Bondi, Bronte and Coogee.

Conditions are beginning to ease this afternoon as the weather system continues to move south.

For emergency help in a flood or storm call the NSW SES on 132 500. If the situation is life-threatening dial 000.

Learn how to be StormSafe: www.stormsafe.com.au

Victoria | Play the new StormSafe game

SES has released a new educational online game and accompanying lesson plans to coincide with StormSafe week 2013.

The new game allows users to help prepare a neighbourhood for a storm by undertaking important activities such as clearing gutters, trimming overhanging branches and placing loose items inside.  The faster they can clear all the houses, the more golden stars they will receive.

After each house is made StormSafe, users will also receive an item for their emergency kit.  At the completion of the game, users will have an excellent understanding of what they need to do to prepare their own house for a storm and what items they need to collect to create a home emergency kit.

A collection of lesson plans to reinforce key messages about storms have also been developed for foundation (Prep) up to Year 8. The lesson plans include all support material and worksheets as well as AusVELS curriculum connection links. They can be conducted before or after the game has been played and assist in consolidating students learning and understanding.

The online game and lesson plans can all be found on the StormSafe game page on the SES website.

To find out more information about SES education campaigns, classroom activities and other new resources, sign up to the SES Education e-newsletter for important updates.

New South Wales | Mitchell Clout – NSW SES Local Young Volunteer of the Year

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Hon. Michael Gallacher,  NSW SES Local Young Volunteer of the Year award winner Mitchell Clout and Deputy Commissioner Steven Pearce.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Hon. Michael Gallacher, NSW SES Local Young Volunteer of the Year award winner Mitchell Clout and Deputy Commissioner Steven Pearce.

Joining the NSW SES can be a life changing experience… just ask 22-year-old Mitchell Clout.

In a ceremony at NSW Parliament House on Wednesday 7th August, the Minister for Police and Emergency Services  the Hon. Michael Gallacher presented Mitchell with the inaugural NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) Local Young Volunteer of the Year award.

The award recognises the contribution of a young volunteer between the age of 16 and 25 who has demonstrated a commitment to learning and activities as a member of a NSW SES Unit or Region.

Just over three years ago, Mitchell joined the NSW SES Queanbeyan Unit in Southern Highlands Region lured by the excitement of being part of their vertical rescue team and his passion to help the community. He undertook his training with great enthusiasm and proved himself as a valuable asset to the Unit by also taking the role of the Unit Media Officer.

The proud Queanbeyan Unit were keen to honour Mitchell’s success inviting Local Member John Barilaros to join them in celebrations held at the Unit headquarters on Saturday.

Mitchell’s interest in Emergency Services as a volunteer soon developed into a profession, with him securing a position with the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services as a project officer that sees him undertaking work assisting communities in recovering after natural disasters.

Commissioner Murray Kear is pleased to have young people like Mitchell as part of the NSW SES and is proud of the opportunities that the organisation can provide them.

“The training and experience provided means that enthusiastic volunteers like Mitchell can take their love for helping the community and turn it into a professional career” said Commissioner KearThe NSW SES appreciates the contribution that young people can offer to the organisation and has an active program to attract them.

“Our school based NSW SES Cadet Program has proven to be a popular training platform for future young volunteers and we have seen a significant increase in young people joining the organisation as a result of this program” Commissioner Kear said

Mitchell’s team at Queanbeyan Unit were anxious to celebrate, inviting Local Member John Barilaros to join the proceedings held at the Unit on Saturday.

Congratulations Mitchell on what looks like being a brilliant Emergency Services career.

Young people aged 16 years or older, can apply to join the NSW SES as a volunteer. They are provided with all the training and gear needed to become a valued member of our organisation.

New South Wales | Flooding continues to affect NSW communities

The severe weather that has buffeted the state’s south east over the past few days has eased, however, flooding continues to affect communities on the south coast and Sydney’s western fringes.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Minor to Moderate Flood Warning for the Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers. With river levels rising in the Richmond and Windsor areas in Sydney’s northwest, it is expected that the Richmond and Windsor bridges could close later today. Residents are urged to monitor the situation and keep up to date with the latest traffic information at www.livetraffic.com

On the south coast at Sussex Inlet, the NSW SES is closely monitoring the situation with the potential for more flooding there. Several roads in the Shoalhaven area remain closed due to flooding.

NSW SES volunteers have been kept busy since the wet and windy weather started on Saturday, attending to more than 840 jobs. The majority of these tasks have been responding to leaking and damaged roofs and trees down as well as 15 flood rescues, many involving the rescue of animals, however some incidents involved saving people who had deliberately entered floodwater.

While the severe weather has subsided the NSW SES is urging people in the affected areas to take care.

  • Avoid going sightseeing as you will be getting in the way of emergency service crews
  • Stay clear of fallen trees and powerlines
  • Never enter floodwater and don’t let your children play in it
  • Follow the advice of emergency service personnel
  • Keep up to date with the latest weather information at www.bom.gov.au

For emergency help in a flood or storm call the NSW SES on 132 500. Call 000 if your situation is life-threatening.

Learn how to be FloodSafe .

Victoria | Marathon remote rescue operation for injured kayaker near Mt Beauty

4 June 2013

A kayaker injured in remote country in the states north-east was winched from the bush by an Ambulance helicopter this morning after a marathon operation involving paramedics, police, CFA and SES.

Four men were kayaking at Tawonga South near Mt Beauty late yesterday when a man in his 20s fell about seven metres.

Mt Beauty paramedic team manager Brett Grundy said the man was knocked unconscious in the fall.

‘He landed unconscious in the water and his mates quickly rescued him from the water,’ Mr Grundy said.

‘They were able to contact triple zero [000] and a paramedic, police, CFA and SES made their way into the bush to the injured kayaker overnight.

‘The paramedic that arrived on scene carried wilderness response equipment which meant he was able to treat the injured man and ensure they both stayed warm overnight.

‘This morning the injured man and one of the kayakers were winched from the bush by the Latrobe Valley based Ambulance Helicopter.

‘The other two kayakers in the group are making their way out, along with the paramedic, police, CFA and SES.

‘There are areas up here that are extremely remote and there have been many instances where someone is injured in the bush and needs to be treated on scene before a rescue can be made. We currently have 14 paramedics undergoing wilderness training to prepare them for instances such as these.’

‘Accidents like this highlight the importance of always heading into the bush with a partner, making sure you have the right equipment such as a GPS locator or EPIRB emergency beacon.

‘It’s also important to have a mobile phone or satellite phone within reach so you can contact emergency services if something goes wrong,’ Mr Grundy said.

The kayaker who fell was taken to Mt Beauty hospital suffering a shoulder injury.

Victoria | Cardinia Council unites with SES to spread flood safety message

The Pakenham and Emerald Units of Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) will visit households on Saturday 13 April to raise awareness of the risk of flood.

SES volunteers will undertake almost 700 doorknocks in pockets of Cardinia Shire to provide information to householders about what they can do to be prepared and answer any questions.

Volunteers will be in full uniform and in pairs and they will not be asking for donations.

Regional Manager of Victoria’s SES Central Region, Ray Jasper, said the doorknock program was about informing the community.

“We know it is vital for families and communities to be aware of flood risks, prepare, practise and test their emergency plans and be ready when flooding occurs,” he said.

“As an emergency service organisation our volunteers work hard to reduce the impact of floods and storms within our community.

“These local door knocks will help us reduce those impacts and help our local communities understand the risks. The information provided to residents also aims to help individuals better manage their preparedness when an event occurs.”

Floods cause more damage in dollar terms and lives lost per year than any other natural hazard in Australia.

“Understanding how a flood may affect you and knowing what to do and where to get emergency information is very important for residents” Mr Jasper said.

SES is committed to building a resilient Victoria. To this end, SES and Melbourne Water are committed to delivering 10,000 doorknocks throughout metropolitan Melbourne.

“Cardinia Shire Council is working in partnership with VICSES and Melbourne Water to ensure community members are prepared in the event of flooding, and to build community resilience,” said Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Brett Owen. “It’s a shared responsibility and a most important one, given the potential effect on residents.

“The doorknocking campaign is vital to ensure people fully understand flood risks, and the importance of devising a flood plan for their household.

“Council fully supports this campaign, and we’d like to thank local SES volunteers for their efforts to keep our residents safe,” Cr Owen said.

South Australia | Netley is the new site for three State Emergency Service units

Emergency Services Minister Michael O’Brien today announced three State Emergency Service (SES) units will relocate to the former Fleet SA facility at Netley.

The three units are expected to move to the new site, on the corner of Marion and Richmond roads, in the next few months once refurbishment work at the facility is completed. Mr O’Brien said works are already well underway.

“The depot is being renovated to provide a fit-for-purpose emergency service facility which will provide greatly improved accommodation and amenities for the three units,” Mr O’Brien said. “The move will also result in more room to store rescue equipment, along with much bigger areas for training and more car parking.”

The units involved in the move include the recently established SES Community Engagement Unit (CEU) and the State Operations Coordination Unit (SOCU), both of which have previously operated from a building at the Adelaide Airport. Also included in the move is an operational unit – Western Adelaide SES – which is responsible for much of Adelaide’s western suburbs from Anzac Highway in the south through to Port Road in the north.

Western Adelaide has been operating from a West Torrens council facility on Marion Road, Brooklyn Park.

SES Chief Officer Chris Beattie said the Netley move was a first for the SES.

“It will be the first time we have housed three units, each with quite distinct functions and with different training nights, in the same facility,” Mr Beattie said.

CEU Unit Manager David Hall said SES volunteers were looking forward to the move.

“We are particularly looking forward to working closely with the other two units and helping build on the great work we have already done in furthering the goal of increased community safety and resilience,” Mr Hall said. “It’s great to have a permanent home where we can house all our resources in the one location.”

Western Adelaide Unit Manager Warren Beck said their volunteers were also pleased with their new location.

“We believe it will enhance our capacity to attract new members and support our local community,” he said.