Call for more to share SES load
MANJIMUP’S SES response times could suffer if the number of active volunteers continues to decline, according to SES manager Michael Mackay-Blair.
With the number of active volunteers down from 25 in previous years to just six, Mr MackayBlair said he had needed to call in Bridgetown back-up for two of the last three call-outs.
Mr Mackay-Blair said while it was not yet “desperate”, a further reduction of man power could see him “seriously screaming for help.”
“We’re not going to lose response capability, it’s only going to slow down our response,” he said.
“If we went down below five we’d be seriously hampered in a storm season to be able to deal with four or five incidents in a timely fashion. “We need to be able to put people up on roofs.” Manjimup SES services most of the shire and Mr Mackay-Blair said more volunteers, especially those capable of working at heights, would not only improve their response time during storms but also their capacity to help with searches and vertical rescue operations.
Mr Mackay-Blair urged keen volunteers to attend a Monday training session from 6.30pm at the co-located SES and Fire and Rescue Service building for more information.
Manjimup SES volunteer and DFES district officer Leon Gardiner, centre, with fellow volunteers Donna Virgo, Kira Robertson, Brian Renehan and deputy local manager Graham Pearce, top right.