In the early afternoon I was on the phone to a friend in Beechworth about a small legal matter when my pager began to squeal for a road crash rescue. My friend is an SES volunteer as well and so she understood why I had to end the call very quickly.
The accident was in Tatura. I had to go the long way because the Toolamba bridge is still closed, and so I was driving
Usually a standdown like this would be a dreadful anticlimax: what does one do with a whole heap of unused adrenaline? This one wasn't. I was too proud of how well the Unit had handled the turnout. It was clear we would be light on numbers because of the holidays, so our duty officer activated a backup unit without any fuss. The members who turned out are road crash-rescue trained but don't have colossal experience, but they didn't stand around wringing their hands or hoping a veteran member would arrive: they just got on the road to do the job they'd been called to do. There was no kibbitzing or free advice over the messaging system: only the communications that needed to be sent to have the members respond as efficiently as possible.
I am DEAD proud of the Tatura SES team right now. This job ultimately didn't require a rescue, but the team turned out exactly how it was trained to do. The UDO activated backup as soon as it was clear we were light on for numbers, and the members in town had the truck en route exactly within the target time. Well done guys! #seslife #roadrescue #emergencyservices #orangefamily
If we're honest, I kind of needed this. I've felt a little SES-ed out lately: tired and fed up with it all. Seeing the team respond in such a skilful manner was just what the doctor ordered. That the driver wasn't badly hurt is even better. I have to tell you there are a lot worse ways we could have started 2017!