SES an integral part of relief
THERE is something about the 20-strong Gin Gin SES that feels more like a family than a volunteer emergency unit.
The SES is an oft-overlooked cog in the emergency response vehicle, but the group, led in Gin Gin by local controller Kellie Bolstad, is an integral part to relief efforts.
As Tropical Cyclone Marcia approached the Capricorn Coast, the SES filled and delivered sandbags and other supplies to residents in Horse Camp, Gin Gin and on the way to Mt Perry.
Oliver Lindenberg, 16, and Lane Walters, 17, left school early on Thursday to help.
Oliver joined the SES last year, and Lane suited up in the familiar orange uniform earlier this month.
“Who would’ve thought we’d have an earthquake and a cyclone in my first week,” Lane said.
Ben Dennerley has been with the SES and Rural Fire Service for several years. Tony Stephensen, 54, has seen his fair share of incidents.
Mr Dennerley described his involvement with volunteer emergency services as a family tradition.
“My whole family’s been in it,” he said. “It’s about helping the community.”
On Friday they were back at the depot ready to respond, with volunteers taking calls from concerned residents around the district.
The main concern was whether to stay put or move out in the face of predicted flooding.
Communities surrounding Gin Gin were left isolated and residents stranded as a result of the 2013 flood.
There was concern the predicted heavy rain could cause a similar situation.
The Burnett catchment copped some heavy falls but it was much less than expected, while widespread flooding affected the North Burnett.
To join the SES, phone Kellie Bolstad on 4157 2525 or send mail to PO Box 420, Gin Gin, 4671.