SUPPORT SES VOLUNTEERS:
PEOPLE are encouraged to wear orange tomorrow to show support for State Emergency Service volunteers.
Kinross resident Raelee Heath (20) is one of about 2000 SES volunteers in WA, having joined the Wanneroo-Joondalup SES unit in 2015.
She had already spent five years with the Quinns Rocks Emergency Service Cadets in Clarkson, where she learned a range of skills.
“I learnt a lot from those years including knots, survival techniques, first aid, radio communication, map reading and other things,” she said.
Miss Heath said one of the more extreme searches she has been involved in since joining the SES unit started last December in Muchea.
“We searched in 40C+ heat over about two weeks,” she said.
“Most days we were on site at 8am and would search throughout the day until about 5 or 6pm.
“Call-outs range from easy jobs that take a couple of minutes to searches and storm damage that can last for days or even weeks sometimes.”
The former Quinns Baptist College student is now studying journalism at Curtin University and is a Department of Sport and Recreation instructor at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp in Hillarys.
She said the aspect she enjoyed most was vertical rescue, which involved fortnightly training.
“I love working at heights and learning all I can about rope rescue both at work and at SES,” she said.
“I’ve learned lots of valuable things – my skills have really improved when it comes to working as part of a team and putting others first.
“I’d encourage anyone to volunteer – volunteering has got to be one of the most rewarding things you can do.”
Wear Orange Wednesday, or WOW Day, on May 10 encourages people to wear the SES uniform colour to support volunteers.
Wanneroo Joondalup SES volunteer Raelee Heath with Mark Baker and Daniel Lansom.