New snow­mo­bile for Falls Creek unit

Myrtleford Times - - Letters To The Editor -

FALLS Creeks SES has re­cently added a new snow­mo­bile courtesy of a Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment grant.

With win­ter the busiest time of year for the unit, the Falls Creek vol­un­teers re­cently held an open day invit­ing mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to come and hear about the role they play dur­ing alpine search res­cues.

The snow­mo­bile is a vi­tal ad­di­tion to those tasks as it pro­vides ad­di­tional ca­pa­bil­ity to per­form snow res­cues in tough alpine ar­eas.

It also adds to safety for mem­bers of the unit by in­creas­ing the re­li­a­bil­ity of the age­ing fleet.

The ve­hi­cle was pur­chased through the gov­ern­ment’s UP­GRADE: Falls Creek SES has added a new snow­mo­bile to their fleet to as­sist with alpine search and res­cues. Vol­un­teer Emer­gency Ser­vices Equip­ment Pro­gram (VESEP) grant of $18,098.

Falls Creek mem­bers un­dergo com­pre­hen­sive weekly train­ing in or­der to as­sist Vic­to­ria Po­lice with Alpine search and res­cue op­er­a­tions all year round.

The SES unit at Falls Creek was es­tab­lished in 1981 and is made up of 25 ac­tive mem­bers, three of which have served vol­un­teers for more than 30 years.

Phil Rookes said be­ing a mem­ber of the SES was one of the best things he has done.

“It gives me the op­por­tu­nity to utilise my skills and help my lo­cal com­mu­nity,” he said.

“Work­ing in harsh win­ter con­di­tions are tough, but it’s some­thing we all en­joy do­ing be­cause we recog­nise while it’s not an easy job, it’s an im­por­tant one, as we’re help­ing to save lives in our own back­yard.”

VICSES as­sis­tant chief of­fi­cer Keith O’Brien said the Falls Creek unit played a cru­cial role ev­ery snow sea­son in en­sur­ing the safety of the re­sort’s visi­tors and lo­cals.

“Thanks to the on-go­ing sup­port from the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment, we’re able to train our vol­un­teers and keep them up to date with state-ofthe-art res­cue tech­niques to pro­tect our com­mu­nity,” he said.

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