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Media Release

SES crews arrive home from helping Melbourne storm victims
Saturday 13 March 2010 – 9:00 AM

Victims of Melbourne’s devastating hail storm were so grateful for the help of Western Australian SES volunteers this week that one home owner even baked them a cake.


A 40 strong team of WA SES volunteers and two FESA managers will arrive home today after working on 250 jobs this week in the Melbourne suburb of Knox.


FESA Assistant Chief Operations Officer Gary Gifford said it was the largest WA SES contingent to be deployed outside the state.


“Our volunteers assisted the Melbourne community with repairs to severe roof damage, temporary repairs to tiled roofs and damage to a large number of skylights,” Mr Gifford said.


“In some cases they dealt with collapsed ceilings and internal walls that buckled due to the large amounts of heavy hail blocking roof waterways.”


Melbourne’s worst hail storm in recorded history struck last weekend dumping hail the size of lemons and caused devastating damage.


FESA SES Metropolitan District Manager Grant Pipe said Knox residents were grateful SES volunteers travelled from as far as Western Australia to help them get back on their feet.


“They were very grateful for assistance after extensive damage to their homes and one home owner even baked our volunteers a cake to say thank you,” Mr Pipe said.


“WA SES volunteers worked 12 to14 hour shifts and put in tremendous effort and skill to help those impacted by the ferocity of the storm.”


Mr Pipe thanked WA workplaces which agreed to release their staff at short notice to allow the volunteers to be deployed for SES duties.


The WA volunteers are from SES units at Moora, Northam, Rockingham, Murray, Collie, Armadale, Bunbury, North Shore, Manjimup, Canning, Stirling, Bassendean, Gosnells, Melville, Kalamunda, and Wanneroo\Joondalup.


The volunteers will arrive at Perth airport at 1.45pm today (Saturday 13 March) after a five day deployment.


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