TRAIN­ING HAS ITS OWN RE­WARD

Ser­vice recog­nises hard work of lo­cal vol­un­teers

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TOP EF­FORT: Award win­ners David Wilson (cen­tre) and John Lamb (sec­ond left) are sup­ported by their col­leagues.

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