New Moss­man SES crews up to speed

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

Moss­man’s new SES vol­un­teers: have started on a jour­ney

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