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!

31/10/2011 – Callout – Coolbellup Search

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.