SES volunteers sharpen their skills

UNDER THE PUMP: Members of the Mansfield SES unit taking part in a road crash rescue assessment as part of the unit’s three year accreditation.

THE Mansfield unit of Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) put their skills to the test on November 18 as they underwent a road crash rescue assessment exercise.

It is a requirement within the emergency services act that all road crash rescue units be assessed every three years on their response and skills involving road crash rescue events to keep their unit accreditation current.

The Mansfield unit with six of the unit’s well-trained members underwent the assessment and passed.

SES is Victoria’s response agency for flood, storm, earthquake and tsunami emergency, as well as road rescue in some areas.

Volunteers also assist police, fire brigades and other agencies in their emergency response – helping them with searches and rescues, for example.

Given such a wide range of responsibilities, preparedness is vital.

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