While undertaking the Height Rescue and Road Crash exercises at the Kingscote Show, some of the SES crew members were able to practice newly learnt skills, while others reinforced previous learning.
Even though the Kangaroo Island SES Unit (State Emergency Services) only comprises 12 active members, their dedication and enthusiasm for learning and practicing complex skills enables the many different personalities of the members to become a cohesive and efficient team.
Also at the show, member Alice Teasdale was presented with a medal in recognition of her service.
After the natural disasters that hit Queensland in early 2011, several SES deployments travelled to assist local emergency crews in the recovery effort. Their responsibilities included searching for victims, debris clearance, temporary repair of buildings and a lot of chainsaw work.
All of those who volunteered their time on these deployments were awarded with the 2010-2011 Queensland Flood and Cyclone Citation.
Ms Teasdale was part of a deployment to Innisfail and Tully after Cyclone Yasi.
She recently moved to the island and transferred to Kangaroo Island SES. Visiting Community Engagement Unit members from Adelaide surprised her at the Kingscote Show by presenting her with the award.
The SES welcomes new members. Training is provided in a range of search, rescue and recovery techniques. The SES provides emergency response in extreme weather events, forensic and missing person searches, vertical rescue, road crash rescue and more.
If you are interested to learn more, KI SES trains every Thursday evening from 7pm to 9.30 pm in the Kingscote Emergency Centre.