Emer­gency call put out

Melville Times - - News - Aaron Cor­lett

IT has been one of the busiest win­ters in re­cent years for the Melville State Emer­gency Ser­vice (SES) unit, so it is on the hunt for new vol­un­teers.

Unit man­ager Andrew Treen said dur­ing nat­u­ral events, such as the hail­storm in Perth dur­ing 2010, they saw in­ter­est in­crease in vol­un­teer­ing for the SES.

“It’s been fairly quiet dur­ing the past few years but this year there has been lots of jobs, par­tic­u­larly in the past four months,” he said.

“You might see 15 in one night or dur­ing a quiet week there might not be any jobs. In the past three months I think we’ve had about three call­outs per week, but that goes up and down.

“The big thing at the mo­ment is fa­tigue man­age­ment as lots of us have day jobs and so we need to ex­pand.”

Mr Treen said peo­ple from all types of fields, from lawyers to sur­vey­ors, in­quired but it was gen­er­ally peo­ple who wanted to give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity.

“We have a core group of about 40 peo­ple at the mo­ment,” Mr Treen said.

“Peo­ple who vol­un­teer here are able to gain a set of skills, in­clud­ing op­er­at­ing a chain­saw, help­ing with storm dam­age or help­ing run op­er­a­tions at our base.”

Mr Treen said the ma­jor­ity of calls re­lated to “wa­ter ingress” into houses, nor­mally through cracked tiles or blocked gut­ters.

“The big­gest thing peo­ple need to do is to check their gut­ters and down­pipes dur­ing a fine day,” he said.

“It’s also im­por­tant to tie se­cure items and tie down tram­po­lines be­cause it can end up on your neigh­bour’s roof.”

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing with the unit can con­tact 1800 628 141 or vol­un­teer­ing@dfes.wa.gov. au.

Pic­ture: Aaron Cor­lett

Melville State Emer­gency Ser­vice unit vol­un­teers Andrew Treen, An­thony Richards, David Bul­field and Greg Hewitt at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s base.

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