New buses help keep SES crews on road

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

A 14-SEATER bus bought by BHP Bil­li­ton will al­low more State Emer­gency Ser­vice (SES) vol­un­teers to at­tend emer­gen­cies from their Northshore unit’s de­pot in Mt Hawthorn.

“We’re such a big unit, it will al­low us to in­stead of do­ing sev­eral trips to pick ev­ery­one up,” Shen­ton Park SES vol­un­teer of two years Alex Guthrie (25) said.

Ms Guthrie, a nurs­ing stu­dent, uses her first-aid skills and com­mu­ni­ca­tions ex­pe­ri­ence in the 60-vol­un­teer unit com­pris­ing mem­bers from all Perth city and west­ern sub­urbs.

City Beach fly-in, fly-out worker Mark Clev­erly (52) said the bus would al­low whole crews to be moved be­tween hot spots and fire sta­tions when the SES trans­ports ca­reer and vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers dur­ing bush­fires.

SES Northshore pre­vi­ously had to rely on two 4WD troop car­ri­ers, a truck and a fiveseat 4WD for its trans­port.

“The buses will give us much greater flex­i­bil­ity,” Northshore SES manager Nick El­liott said.

BHP Bil­li­ton paid $580,000 for six of the buses at Perth SES de­pots and two in the Pil­bara, in ad­di­tion to six other buses pre­vi­ously used at all de­pots, which are manned by 2300 vol­un­teers across WA .

“The SES buses are used for all man­ner of im­por­tant tasks, in­clud­ing the evac­u­a­tion and re­turn of com­mu­nity mem­bers dur­ing cy­clones and other emer­gen­cies, trans­port­ing fire­fight­ers to and from ma­jor in­ci­dents, the trans­port of SES Res­cue and Search teams and de­liv­er­ing spe­cial­ist in­ci­dent man­age­ment teams to ma­jor sit­u­a­tions,” WA SES pres­i­dent Gor­don Hall said.

SES Northshore will take on new re­cruits this month.

Visit www.northshore­ses.com.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d434002

SES vol­un­teers Rhonda Hem­s­ley, Ian Clev­er­ley and Alexan­dra Guthrie with one of the new buses.

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