Two volunteers from the Belmont SES have been deployed up North to drive 4wds. A fire North-east of Carnarvon has been burning since the 27th December, and has currently burnt through almost 500,000 hectares.
Thursday saw one of our volunteers Damian Allard deployed, and today Kyle Ellice was also deployed. Both leave their jobs and family behind for 7 days to assist those fighting the fires, working in extreme heat and exhaustion.
Both will be working to deliver food and water to the hungry firefighters on the frontline, which could involve quite some travel with a fire perimeter close to 800kms.
Have a look at the map below courtesy of DEC.
The boys have also been joined by 6 other SES volunteers from across the Metro Area.
Good luck to all the responders up there!continue reading
I dropped in to have a look at the new premises today and they are looking good.
Fences are up, brickwork complete, doors locked and roller doors closed and its all look promising. Not long and we will be moving in.
Photos have been updated on the website.continue reading
After students completed the mandatory prerequisite of a swim test, it was time for the training to begin.
Saturday and Sunday saw the floodies under assessment conduct flood rescue theory and land based practicals. This included reliving their childhood, using bathtime boats to practice the rules of the water.
Once this was mastered the crews set out for Guildford on Monday. The beautiful weather helped add to a successful day!
But the weather wasn’t as good on Tuesday when we had to recover the vessels early after a storm front started to move in on us out on Melville waters. An early finish, which meant the assessments were incomplete. But an excuse to take the boats back out on the water another…… warmer day!
Belmont SES holds a major role in the metro area for flood rescue, with 2 flood boats. ‘Citybel’, for City of Belmont which is a large unsinkable pontoon boat and ‘Tinkabel’, smaller then the other but same style vessel.
4 people nominated for the upcoming course and tonight was the ultimate test with all having to complete a mandatory swim test.
All our members not only completed the required swim, but doubled the distance just to prove Belmont does what it takes and goes the extra mile!
Congrats to all and good luck on the course.continue reading
Last night, saw Belmont Ses members including 8 brand new inductees, travel to the oceanside for some training.
The training was run by Ken Dewhirst from Wanneroo SES along with two beautiful assistants who hid and acted dead.
Teams walked along the coast, climbing limestone walls searching for missing people. Meanwhilst the storm hit, the rain came pouring down.
With casualties in hand, teams evacuated them through the rough terrain out to safe ground.
Despite the hard work, all I could see was smiles, fun and laughter.
Teams had a great time, instilling their skills in a different environment.
Thanks to Wanneroo for the good time!continue reading
Photos have been updated under the link at the top of the page (new unit)continue reading
Here are some additional random photos taken yesterday.
Training was cancelled on Monday night for a missing person in Coolbellup. 20 Search Team Members, 3 Search Team Leaders a Field Search Controller and a Comms Tech all responded to the search.
The 83-year-old Coolbellup man who went missing was found safe and well by a local shop owner.
Police said the shop owner had recognised the missing man from the posters officers had distributed earlier in the evening.
Job well done by all our volunteers who searched into the morning.continue reading
With a large intake of new members, we decided Unit Photos were a good idea. We took photos of all members and the sections they belong during our new members graduation night.continue reading
With the winter season fast approaching, Belmont SES volunteers tested their chainsaw skills on the weekend.
With our new premises soon to commence construction, we decided it was a good chance to tidy up the bushland surrounding our future building. As the SES doesn’t actually fell trees (we leave the hard work to the professional contractors) , we practiced our techniques on fallen and dead timber found on the premises.
“It was a good refresher on our skills before winter.” States Training Manager, Suzi Hayward. “During winter we get calls to a lot of properties damaged by uprooted trees or falling limbs damaged by strong winds.”
To prevent the SES having to visit your house after a storm, ensure your trees are trimmed back from buildings and especially from power lines. NEVER work around powerlines – leave that to the professionals. See Western Power for approved contractors.continue reading
A mini tornado hit Canning Vale on the 24th May at about 8am. Approximately 18 homes within the area of Bengalla Street Canning Vale received damage to houses or property. Another 4 houses in the City of Gosnells also received damage. Belmont SES was amongst many units that responded to this incident.
Six houses suffered major damage from the storm including collapsed carports, patios torn from the property, partially damaged roof tops, as well as problems with power after patio sheeting got caught in power lines. Houses a few hundred metres away also experienced damage from flying debris. 36 volunteers in 6 teams contributed 300 hours to assist residents within the City of Gosnells.
State Emergency Service (SES) rescue teams from Armadale, Belmont, Canning and Kalamunda assisted the Gosnells SES unit. The SES was also supported by the City of Gosnells, Salvation Army, Western Power, FESA and the Department for Child Protection, which allowed the SES volunteers to focus on effecting temporary repairs to houses.continue reading