Benalla SES accredited and ready to save lives

By Simon Ruppert

The Victoria State Emergency Service Benalla Unit successfully completed their road rescue reaccreditation last week, allowing them to continue providing vital rescue services to those impacted on the road.

The volunteers were presented with a simulated road rescue scenario, with an SES member in the vehicle acting as the casualty.

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VICSES Benalla Unit Controller Brett Taylor-Parkins said the fantastic teamwork of the members involved was on show and was commented on by the assessors, with the crew working hard to rescue the trapped driver from the sedan.

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The modern Holden Calais presented added challenges with numerous airbags, new plastic materials and strengthened steel within the car. However, the team was able to provide effective stabilisation and glass management before removing a number of doors and the roof to release the casualty in a safe and timely manner.

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“This reaccreditation means we can continue to serve the Benalla community with road rescue,” Mr Taylor-Parkins said.

“I am very proud of the team members that assisted with the assessment: Lee Manning, Graham Milner, Dale Frankland, Ailsa McMillan, Sam Nash, Margaret Frankland and Laura Nelson.

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“Their commitment and considerable effort towards the SES helped achieve this fantastic result.”

SES members Graham Milner and Brett Taylor-Paarkin accepting a donation from Benalla Timber Products in June

VICSES operational members are trained in general rescue and first aid at the start of their membership and can then gain specialist qualifications in areas such as: road rescue, safe work at heights, storm and water damage, chainsaw operations, search and rescue, map and navigation, traffic management, four wheel drive operator, boat operations and more.

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The VICSES Benalla Unit trains every Wednesday from 7.30 pm and is always open to new members wanting to serve their community. If you are interested in joining you can phone Mr Taylor-Parkins on 5762 7676 or email [email protected]