Here’s a massive shout out to all the SES volunteers who have been flat out responding to flooding and other damage over the last five days.
For some, the worst of it was right in their home patch, while other volunteers have travelled from unaffected parts of Gippsland to assist where it is most needed.
Prior to this week of wind, rain and flood damage in Gippsland, came news of critical funds for the region’s SES units to purchase essential lifesaving equipment, to help keep their communities safe.
The recent donations were part of the AAMI Equipment Handover program. AAMI has been VICSES’ Principal Community Partner since 2002, during which time the company has contributed more than $9 million, with a large portion going towards the purchase of critical emergency response equipment.
This year’s funds have been used to purchase more than 3,200 pieces of equipment across the state. For VICSES units in Gippsland this means a share of nearly 500 pieces for rescue kits, worth over $80,000, including:
- Three mules, or one-wheel stretchers, used to move immobilised patients over rough terrain for Sale, Stratford and Tambo Valley units;
- An automated external defibrillator to assist with cardiac issues for the Maffra Unit;
- Nine chainsaw kits to help VICSES volunteers when called out to road crash rescues for VICSES Bendoc, Cann River, Foster, Inverloch, Mallacoota, Morwell, Rosedale, Phillip Island and San Remo Units.
In the 12 months before this week’s floods and storms, VICSES volunteers in Victoria’s east responded to more than 2,600 emergency calls for assistance, ranging from on-ground support during emergencies to road rescue support, land searches and assisting other emergency service organisations.
The SES says it received a record breaking 8,100 calls for help across the state during and after Wednesday night’s severe storms, with 1200 still outstanding. Up-to-date call out figures can be found at: www.ses.vic.gov.au/media/rfa-dashboard
For flood advice and all things VICSES, go to: www.ses.vic.gov.au