A number of NSW SES volunteers gathered over the weekend in Warialda to undertake training in chainsaw operations.
With the storm season still upon us the weekend provided a great opportunity for SES members to gain new skills to support their local communities.
The nationally recognised qualification all attendees gained will add a cross cut and limbing capability to their Units so when a storm hits their town and should trees fall or lean on buildings, these members will be able to make there townsfolks homes safe again.
The aim of the weekend was to skill people who have never used a chainsaw before by showing them how to not only use a chainsaw but how to maintain, clean, sharpen, refuel and operate safely.
As safety is the “Number One” rule in the NSW SES learning to put on all the protective clothing and equipment and then using the chainsaw in a remote location heavy with humidity tested all involved.
Moree Unit Controller Jo Williams said “the weekend was about ensuring our volunteers are ready for any emergency that may arise”.
“Training like this is so important” Mrs Williams said. “It gives our NSW SES members the opportunity to learn new skills while also ensuring they are at the right level to be carrying out chainsw operations” she said.
Over the two days, volunteers were tested through a series of scenarios. Some of the scenarios were designed at ensuring members had total control of their saw by getting them to cut “letter boxes” and “biscuits”.
Region Learning and Development Officer Wes Macpherson said “it was great to see so many volunteers participating in the training.” “Our NSW SES volunteers already give so much time to their communities, it’s just great to see them all here, smiling and ready for a challenge” he said.
As the Lead agency for emergency storm response, the NSW SES has a nationally recognised training program that gives members the skills to effectively save lives in times of storm disasters.
12 Volunteers participated from across the North West Region from various Units including Moree, Warialda, Tenterfield and Ashford.
Jo Williams that “she would like to have more members join their local SES Unit and if anyone would like more information on joining the NSW SES, contact the NSW SES by calling the Volunteer Information Line on 1800 201 000”.
If you require emergency assistance in Floods and Storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500
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