New buses help keep SES crews on road
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.
SES volunteers Rhonda Hemsley, Ian Cleverley and Alexandra Guthrie with one of the new buses.