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A State Emergency Service four-wheel drive navigates flood waters along the Telegraph Line in Mundaring.

A drive for volunteers as Mundaring SES open day

MUNDARING State Emergency Service (SES) deputy manager Rod Potter is hoping for a big turnout at their annual open day this Saturday, with the emergency responders in desperate need of more members.

Winter is the busiest time of the year for the volunteer organisation, regularly called out to attend to floods and homes damaged by trees and destructive winds.

Mr Potter said that with 25 volunteers currently on the books, the club were hoping their open day would attract new volunteers into what he describes as a big family.

“We’re a very tight-knit crew and you make some very good mates out of it,” he said.

“We’re equipped to deal with basically everything except fires and winter is definitely our busiest time of year.

“I sort of describe it as being in the boy scouts with really expensive gear.

“At the moment we’re down on numbers.

“We’ve got FIFO guys that might only be available once a month, and we’re asking people to give up a portion of their work time if we get a call, so that can make it hard for a lot of people but it is also incredibly rewarding.”

At the open day, the crew will be demonstrating sand bagging techniques, flood mitigation and roof safety systems, as well as a multitude of other skils volunteers can learn.

The open day will run from 8.30am Saturday May 5 until 11 .30am at 14 Wanderea Street in Mundaring.

About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014. He was a finalist in three categories in the 2018 WA Media Awards and is not at all salty that he didn't win at least one. He's recently had a baby girl, Emilia, with his wife Roselyn and has lost all concept of time and sleep.

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