15/9/2012 – Quick Moving Floodies

Saturday the Flood Rescue Trained members headed out on the water for some continuaton training, to ensure their skills are being maintained. Joined by three Canning/South Perth members, we headed for Pullman Park, Upper Swan. We have never used this area for training before, but the instructors believed it was a different area to get us out of our comfort zone.

Engaging 4wd the training commenced with a steep decline down to a muddy area. We refreshed our memories with terminology before mixing our General Rescue and Flood Rescue techniques to launch the boats (below photo)

 

 

With the boats launched, we set off for some practice manoeuvring in moving water in our smaller boats. 

Practiced our Pinning drills – although we had to think outside the box here. Here are the goys contemplating their options. (below)

We got to play in Cannings Boat aswell, and have a bit of fun in the beautiful sun.

 

Overall it was a good day 🙂

 

 

13/5/2012 – Storm Damage Course

On the weekend of the 12/13 May we held a storm damage course at the new still empty building, working from our brand new rescue truck as well.

The course covered all the skills necessary to attend a Storm Damage incident including working safely at height, temporary repairs, basic building construction and roof safety systems.

Some people managed to overcome some fears and others had no problems walking on roofs but everyone worked together to achieve a common goal and conduct temporary repairs.

All in all the course was a great success and we now have 6 more trained members.

Belmont SES – now recruiting

Belmont SES invites you to join us for our information night on the 20th February.

The Session will be held at our temporary unit located at 12 Hehir Street, Belmont. See the new unit tab at top for information on building progression of our new u-bewt premises. Starting time is 7.15 pm. Hope to see you there, but if you still have some questions about the SES then see the FAQ below.

FAQ

So why Volunteer?

Every year the SES receive 1000s of calls for assistance. SES volunteers are ‘ordinary people doing extraordinary things’. 

The role of SES volunteers is vital to the safety of people, properties and communities in times of emergency and disaster. SES volunteers are people who care about their communities and are not paid for the great work they do. Whether helping people after a storm or natural disaster, assisting at a road crash, searching for a missing person, responding to a range of other incidents, SES members are there when their community needs them most. Belmont SES specialises in Flood Rescue and Airport Response.

How to volunteer?

Belmont SES trains every Monday night from 7-9.30 pm. At the information night we can tell you all about the SES what we provide, what we do and what you get out of it.

Who can join the SES?

There is a role for everyone – people from all walks of life and who are super-fit or of average health. Everyone can learn new skills and make their own contribution.

 If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call on                        040 864 4009

 

6/12/2011 – Flood Rescue Training

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!

 

Gallery is empty!

23/11/2011 – Floodies take a dip

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.

13/11/2011 – NURE Course Prep

Three members went for a walk in John Forrest National Park in preparation for the Navigate in Urban and Rural Environments (NURE) course coming up this weekend. It was a good walk, and one leg had to be changed due to recent fire activity in the area.

Everything went well, except for the last leg when one member entered the co-ordinates wrong into the GPS and was a kilometre to the north of where they should be. The track is shown below from NURE4 in a NW direction. They were supposed to go to POI027. This will be a “Dip-Stick” award nomination for sure…

They realised their mistake and walked back to NURE3.

It will be a good course, with roughly 20 students and 5 instructors from Belmont, Mounted Section, Training Centre and Canning.

7/11/2011 – Oceanview training

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!

4/6/2011 – Volunteers wielding chainsaws

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.