TRAINING HAS ITS OWN REWARD
Service recognises hard work of local volunteers
INTENSE training, membership growth and a successful forensic land search has helped North Burnett State Emergency Services volunteers achieve awards in Bundaberg.
SES local controller David Wilson was quick to downplay his two leadership awards, preferring to focus on the awards the teams received.
Eidsvold, Biggenden and Gayndah SES groups were recognised for their participation in the forensic land search for bones at Tin Can Bay in April.
“We only spent one day down there but covered acres and acres of forested land – thick scrub, tree stumps – and still managed to find bones,” Mr Wilson said.
Land search techniques was one of the courses delivered by Trainer of the Year John Lamb.
“It’s been a hard year and we’ve done a lot of training in the last 12 months to bring them up to scratch,” Mr Wilson said.
“Biggenden has gone from four members to 15 or 16; Mt Perry has gone from two to six; Monto has gone from two to eight.
“I’m proud of the whole North Burnett, the way they’ve come together in the last 12 months as a group and interacted with each other.”
Biggenden’s Des Lewis received a Dedication to Service Award and Mt Perry’s Graeme and Elwyn Russell received medals for time in service.
TOP EFFORT: Award winners David Wilson (centre) and John Lamb (second left) are supported by their colleagues.