New digs for SES

NEW FACILITIES: State Emergency Service deputy unit manager Mark higgins, administration officer Rhonda Crichton and rescue operations Mark Crichton were happy the Whyalla SES unit were finally receiving upgrades.Whyalla SES will soon benefit from upgrades to its facilities.

The branch has been successful in securing funding that unit manager Tony Fahlbusch has pushed for a decade.

Mr Fahlbusch said securing the upgrade was a project he first initiated in 2002.

“I initially started the project in 2002 and we were on the program [to receive upgrades] then taken off due to other units in worse state than us needing upgrades, which is understandable,” he said.

“It was a 10 year plan that has finally come to Fruition.”

The upgrade has seen the removal of the previous training room, vehicle shed and store room to be replaced with a brand new appliance shed and a training and administration building.

Work began on the buildings in November last year and handover of both buildings is expected to be later this month or early August.

Mr Fahlbusch said the volunteers were excited to finally have new facilities in place.

“It’s been a long time coming,” he said.

“It’s going to serve the community well in the sense that members are not going to have to spend so much time cleaning the building or doing as many repairs to the facilities as we have done in the past.”

An official opening of the facilities will be held on Saturday, September 27 from 1.30pm.

Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion, Social Housing, Disabilities, Youth and Volunteers Tony Piccolo will be at the branch to witness the opening.

Mr Fahlbusch said the opening would include an open invitation to present and past SES volunteers, as well as the general public, to come and participate in the opening.

He said the branch hoped the upgrades may attract new members to SES.

State Emergency Service (SES) is a volunteer emergency service organisation that provides immediate assistance during emergencies and disasters.

It also provides community response to ‘day to day’ incidents such as vehicle accidents, searches, cliff rescues, flood and storm damage situations and any other incidents that might require rescue or search services.

For more information on how to volunteer for the Whyalla SES branch, contact the unit on 8644 0088.

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