Call goes out for emergency service helpers

Cecilia AllenManjimup-Bridgetown Times
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The Manjimup State Emergency Service is looking for more volunteers to join its dedicated team.

With an area covering more than 100km of coastline with cliffs and forests, fit volunteers are needed for vertical rescue training, according to Manjimup SES branch manager Michael Mackay-Blair.

“We also need HR drivers to transport equipment and volunteers for rescues,” he said.

“The SES assist in storm damage relief and rescues in all forms, including search and rescue and help with radio operations and equipment movement in the case of bushfires.”

Mr Mackay-Blair encouraged those interested in giving back to their community to get involved with the SES.

“Training and uniforms are supplied – it costs nothing except a little bit of time,” he said.

“You can learn some good life skills through the SES, such as using radios.

“There is also a good sense of comradeship and we work closely with other emergency groups such as DFES, the Shire of Manjimup, St Johns and the fire brigade.”

Mr Mackay-Blair reminded people the SES could help with storm damage relief such as fallen trees and branches and could be contacted by phoning 132 500.

“But for life-threatening emergencies and fires people should call 000,” he said.

“I’d like to thank the Shire of Manjimup and the Manjimup DFES branch for their continued support.”

Anyone interested in becoming involved with the SES should attend a meeting, held each Monday night from 7pm. The first meeting for the year is on February 6. For more information contact the office on 9771 2773.

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