New Mossman SES crews up to speed
TWELVE new recruits from the Mossman State Emergency Services Unit (SES) have just completed their basic training to become fully fledged senior SES members, ready to be called out as trained volunteers in an emergency.
An intense two-day training weekend held at the Trinity Beach SES shed saw participants learn how to participate in a rescue operation, which included setting up generators and lighting; erecting and extending ladders; using ropes and knots; handling casualties and moving stretchers. They also learned how to use a radio to transmit and receive communications in a rescue environment.
“Knowing that I successfully passed the course is exciting, and I look forward to being able to participate in rescues and call-outs with our local SES unit”, said Paisley Hammond-Turner, volunteer from Daintree.
Justine Murray, volunteer from Whyanbeel said: “I have learned some wonderful new skills for my journey with the SES.”
“I felt there was a great sense of being a part of a team, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed the training”, said Jeanette Mills, volunteer from Port Douglas.
There were 20 participants on the course drawn from SES groups in the region, including Buchan Point, Holloways Beach, Kuranda and Trinity Beach.
“It was a great opportunity to meet members from other SES units and listen to their experiences,” said Digby Gotts, volunteer from Mossman.
“It made me realise the Mossman SES is not an isolated unit, and co-operation between units is important,” said Digby.
“These newly trained volunteers will swell the ranks and it enables us respond to call-outs in a meaningful way,” said Stephen Burg, acting local controller of the Mossman Unit. “We were able to send two teams to help in the search for the crashed helicopter and pilot at Cape Tribulation.”
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