Gayndah SES takes out shield
GAYNDAH State Emergency Service has a 2017 North Burnett SES Shield in its trophy cabinet.
Now in its third year, the shield was held on Saturday, July 1, at the Gayndah SES headquarters, where all six North Burnett SES groups gathered for this much-anticipated contest.
North Burnett local controller Brian Lowe, of Biggenden, said the shield, held by Mt Perry in 2016, consisted of two parts – the question paper followed by a practical exercise.
“In previous years the leading team after the questions was normally announced however it was decided not to announce this to add to the excitement,” he said.
Mayor Rachel Chambers thanked the SES members for their commitment to the service and the assistance given to their communities during times of disaster.
❝ We will be looking forward to defending our title in 2018. — Julian Nott
Gayndah deputy group leader Julian Nott accepted the shield and thanked the other groups for participating.
“We will be looking forward to defending our title in 2018,” he said.
The test stretched the knowledge of SES personnel.
One example of a question was: “A landing helicopter can generate up to 250,000 volts of static electricity. How long does it take to discharge the static electricity from the helicopter after ground contact is made?”
The answer to the question is one to two seconds, Mr Lowe said.