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Magnificent seven call out

THE CALL is out for more Loddon residents to join the Wedderburn State Emergency Service Unit.

With just seven active members and now covering a long stretch of the Calder Highway almost to Wycheproof, and part of the Dunolly area, unit deputy controller Reg Holt wants to see membership at least double.

And local members also want to see the return of a local controller. The Wedderburn unit currently shares a controller based with the Marong unit.

“The range of tasks we perform is varied and there are roles within the unit for everyone,” he said.

“We treat everyone with respect. We know our members very well and make sure we don’t give them something to do that would give them grief.

“We’re well set up with equipment and vehicles and have a great local headquarters.”

In the past fortnight, Wedderburn SES volunteers have assisted with clearing fallen trees after storms and spent 2½ searching for a child lost on Mount Korong who was found safe..

“Within eight minutes of receiving a call, we are responding to provide assistance,” Reg said. “With just seven of us and a large area to cover, we do need more members to come on board.”

Improvements are about to be made at the unit’s Nardoo Court headquarters.

A concrete apron extension costing $100,000 will increase training space and vehicle access.

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