SES volunteers assist SA Police in conducting land searches for missing people in all types of terrain in both rural and urban areas, and searching crime scenes for evidence. Search teams usually consist of 6-8 members who work under the direction of a Land Search Team Leader.
Volunteers are trained in First Aid, Radio Communications, Map Reading.
Searching is considered to be one of the services primary roles, therefore all units within the state are provided search training. A reasonable level of fitness is required to undertake land search operations.
The Strathalbyn unit was involved in many searches in the past few years, please click here to view photos.
The SES provides Rescue services for non-metropolitan areas. As part of the Eastern branch, the Strathalbyn unit is trained in Road Crash Rescue. This means that we are the first response to a road accident scene, using skills and equipment to remove occupants quickly and safely from vehicles involved in serious road crashes. While Ambulance services treat and transport the injured, they are not equipped to extricate victims from crash scenes. SES crews administer primary first aid, stabilize both vehicles and casualties and then remove them for further medical attention if necessary, using the latest technology in hydraulic rescue equipment, often referred to as the "jaws of life".
Road Crash Rescue is a specialized course for which a Senior First Aid certificate and the Advanced Tools course a prerequisite. Training for Road Crash Rescue is undertaken by nominated SES Units and includes handling of specialist equipment, scene assessment and traffic control, safety vehicle management, vehicle stabilization, casualty assessment and then in sequence the removal of major vehicle sections (doors, roofs etc) as required.
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The State Emergency Service is the Control Agency for Severe Weather and works closely with the Bureau of Meteorology. The SES is always on alert when Severe Weather or Flood Warnings are issued.
Severe weather can wreak havoc on communities and SES volunteers are trained to respond to emergency situations such as:
Please click here to see some recent photos of storm damage that we have attended.
A building can become damaged for a variety of reasons, and may need to be shored up to prevent any further damage until it can be repaired. Click here to view our gallery.
The Strathalbyn SES regularly promotes itself at local shows. At times, the community knows very little about the taskings we do, and hopefully we are able to educate them and provide them with some insight. Click here to view our gallery.