Two Rocks SES unit ready to help

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Two Rocks SES and Two Rocks Volunteer Bushfire Brigade members carry a Stokes Litter together.

 

IN December last year Department of Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm approved Gazettal of the new Two Rocks State Emergency Service.

This announcement started the first brand new SES in Western Australia in more than 40 years.

Fifteen months previously, current Local Manager Maxwell Ross had met with then Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) commissioner Wayne Gregson outlining the need for an expanded Emergency Services presence in the north of the City of Wanneroo. Former commissioner Gregson was supportive and referred Mr Ross to DFES North Coastal District Officer Graham Sears to pursue the process as Mr Sears had also submitted a plan.

Working in tandem Mr Sears and Mr Ross created a presence at the Yanchep Local Markets and ran information evenings at the Phil Rankin centre at Two Rocks throughout 2017.

From April to August 2017 a correspondence campaign was undertaken with the City of Wanneroo central and north coast ward councillors promoting the concept of expanded emergency services with a mixed response.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracy Roberts and councillor Nat Sangalli got the city’s administration officers to liaise with Mr Ross and DFES acknowledging the need for State Emergency Service coverage for the expanding northern corridor.

Then on December 1 last year the City of Wanneroo gave approval for Two Rocks SES to co-locate with the Two Rocks Volunteer Bushfire Brigade.

The city agreed to manage the LGGS [Emergency Services Levy paid by ratepayers ] funding for a new unit.

Now 26 volunteers train every week at the Two Rocks facility, which is presently undergoing an upgrade and expansion by the City of Wanneroo.

The SES are the Hazard Management Authority [HMA] for Cyclone-Flood-Tsunami-Earthquake and the Australian Combat Agency for the Missing Persons Land Search function under WAPOL who are the HMA for missing persons.

Members are skilled in all aspects of casualty handling and retrieval and emergency response procedures.

Householder storm damage temporary building repairs are also a task carried out by the SES and perhaps the most visible after the missing persons land search function.

SES personnel work hand-in-hand with volunteer bushfire brigade personnel ferrying relief crews to and from fire grounds, providing logistical support and working with the Parks and Wildlife section at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions re-filling firefighting water bombers to support firefighting activity.

The SES is an essential volunteer Emergency Service and the establishment of the new Two Rocks SES unit will ensure the rapidly growing northern suburbs have access to  this vital third arm of Emergency Services together with the Volunteer Marine Rescue Service and the Volunteer Bushfire Brigade.

 

A Stokes Litter is a wire basket conforming in shape to the human body into which an injured, sick, or disabled person can be safely strapped.

Visit  https://www.tworocksses.com.au/

If you require emergency assistance for storm or flood damage call 132 500.