Po­lice thank emer­gency vol­un­teers

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Tari Jef­fers

MAN­JIMUP po­lice have lauded the “ab­so­lutely sen­sa­tional work” of the re­gion’s vol­un­teer emer­gency ser­vices.

Man­jimup of­fi­cer-in-charge Sgt Harry Arnott said re­cent tragedies were a timely re­minder to praise the St John Am­bu­lance and vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers for their work.

“They are vol­un­teers and they do an out­stand­ing job,” he said.

“Some of the in­di­vid­u­als, par­tic­u­larly with the am­bu­lance be­cause of their low vol­un­teer num­bers, seem to at­tend more call outs than nor­mal.”

Sgt Arnott put the call out to any com­mu­nity mem­bers look­ing to step into a vol­un­teer emer­gency ser­vice role.

“I rec­om­mend they con­tact those agen­cies and have a chat with them,” he said.

“Also, if you know the peo­ple in a vol­un­teer role, just say thank you to them be­cause the work they do saves lives in our com­mu­ni­ties.

“They are prob­a­bly a lit­tle bit un­recog­nised for the enor­mous amount of work they do.”

Po­lice will con­tinue their fo­cus on road safety head­ing to­wards the Easter week­end at the end of March.

Sgt Arnott warned po­lice would have a fo­cus on speed, seat­belts, drunk and drug driv­ing and mo­bile phones.

On Sun­day, about 2.45pm, a driver was fined $800 and is­sued 12 de­merit points af­ter be­ing recorded trav­el­ling at 101kmh in a 60kmh zone on Graphite Road, Man­jimup.

On Wed­nes­day at 2.30pm, a fe­male driver was given an $800 fine and six de­merit points af­ter she was recorded go­ing 148kmh on South West­ern High­way near Cosy Creek Road.

“It is stupid, it is ig­no­rant and it is dan­ger­ous and that is how peo­ple get hurt,” Sgt Arnott said.

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