Local SES volunteers have been praised in Parliament on the very day that people wore orange as a show of support.
Speaking in Parliament last night on Wear Orange Wednesday, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams thanked the work of the 100 active SES volunteers who serve the Port Macquarie, Camden Haven, Lord Howe Island and Wauchope areas.
“People, schools, businesses, buildings and landmarks have ‘gone orange’ on WOW Day to show support for the nation’s 40,000 SES volunteers,” Mrs Williams said.
“In addition to their primary responsibilities, NSW SES volunteers in the Port Macquarie electorate regularly provide support to other emergency services in operations such as land searches, rescue operations and the provision of logistical support for other agencies in large scale operations.
“The Port Macquarie and Camden Haven Units are also accredited by the State Rescue Board to provide General Land Rescue, Road Crash Rescue and Vertical Rescue services to the communities within their area of responsibility.
“The Port Macquarie SES Unit has competed in and won state and national competitions in Road Crash Rescue Operations and is the current national NSW SES champions,” Mrs Williams said.
“Over the past year local NSW SES volunteers dedicated around 10,000 hours to the community in training and response activities. During that time our local SES volunteers have attended 290 storm damage events in the LGA.
“They were also deployed to provide support across the Mid North Coast to both Tea Gardens and Bulahdelah large storm events where over 200 houses damaged.
They provided support to Lord Howe Island in land search and rescue services.
“These units have also provided invaluable support to other agencies including the recent search for a missing boy William Tyrell in Kendall,” Mrs Williams said.
“The NSW SES continues to benefit from the relationship with its principal partner, NRMA Insurance, who for the fourth consecutive year, are supporting the WOW Day campaign.
“As we have seen this week, another storm season has started, so it is comforting to know that the men and women of the SES are there on standby ready to help when needed.
“For that reassurance, on behalf of the people of the Port Macquarie electorate, I say thank you to the NSW SES,” Mrs Williams said.
Posted on 13 Thu, November, 2014
by Leslie Williams