Gayn­dah SES takes out shield

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Er­ica Mur­ree er­ica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

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