Over 80 State
Emergency Services (SES) volunteers will be put to the test this weekend, with a
simulated disaster exercise being held at the WA Fire and Emergency Services
Academy in Forrestfield.
10 metropolitan SES units will compete against each other in a series of
practical scenarios including search and rescue, storm damage, casualty
management, collapsed building search, sandbagging and rescues from height.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services
Metropolitan Assistant Commissioner Darren Klemm said the exercise is a great
opportunity for SES volunteers to practice their skills under realistic
will test their team work and individual skills, which includes map reading and
navigation, tarping, working at heights, first aid and land search techniques,”
Assistant Commissioner Klemm said.
exercises are a vital factor in keeping the community safe during an emergency,
with the skills of SES volunteers needing to be practised regularly.”
never predict when someone will call for help, and it is vital emergency
services are ready to respond at a moment’s notice.”
extends to supporting West Australians and those in need interstate, with SES volunteers
recently deployed to Adelaide in September to assist the community after
devastating storms caused widespread damage and power outages.”
teams will be judged by experienced SES volunteers, many who have previously
competed interstate at National Disaster Rescue Competitions.
For more information about becoming a SES volunteer visit dfes.wa.gov.au
Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications 9225 5955