18/9/2011 – Storm Damage Response

The Belmont / Vic Park unit responded to three calls for assistance on Sunday the 18th of September.

One was a large branch that had broken off a white gum, and fallen across a driveway, blocking the owners car in their carport. A team of 4 used chainsaws for about 2 hours to remove the debris from the driveway.

Another call was for a broken skylight. Upon inspection, the polycarbonate roofing material had become brittle over time and had cracked in places. The team used silicon to fill the cracks and placed sandbags to prevent the sheets from lifting.

The third call was for a fallen down fence.

8/9/2011 – New Website

Today is the launch of our new website. It will enable us to update it more readily with new items, so keep an eye on our “news” page.

Thanks goes out to John Saffrey and Suzi Hayward for their input and motivation to move to a new website.

3/9/2011 – Car versus House

Around 12pm on Saturday the 3rd of August, the unit responded to a request for assistance from the Fire and Rescue Service. One pillar of a carport had been knocked down and the carport (which is under the main roof) fell to the ground, damaging the car that was in there. No one was injured.

The orange acrow prop is not ours – it was put there by the owner’s builder a few months ago.

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.

24/5/2011 – Mini Tornado hits Canning Vale

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.