• Loddon Herald

SES attracts recruits

LOCAL State Emergency Service volunteers were stretched when October’s heavy rains and gale-force winds brought down trees and caused flash floods.

With only six members available that night, the Wedderburn unit this week held an open night to encourage more people to join its ranks

The unit was assisted by Maldon and Marong members Emma Comello and Will Boyd and community resilience co-ordinator for North-West Region Tracey White, to talk about the SES and conduct a demonstration of the jaws of life rescue equipment.

Wedderburn unit controller Paul Gordon-Cooke said: “There is no glory in it, but that’s not the point; not what it is about. It is simply helping the community and saving lives.”

The unit was pleased with the attendance and interest from the community.

Among them was Kim Sprake who said: “Everyone should endeavour to contribute.”

After the demonstration and talks, many people were taking paperwork that would allow them to start volunteering with the SES. The night showed everyone just how integral the SES is to the rural way of life, and it displayed just how many lives could be lost if it were not for their resilience and hard work.

- JAKE MURPHY




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