Last Wednesday night nineteen of our Emergency Service Cadets and five Leaders visited the Armadale SES Unit. Straight after our cadet meeting, the cadets who were going on the excursion had a hamburger dinner prepared for them by Mrs Hastie and Mrs Hasluck. After the hamburgers, we went off in the bus to McDonald’s to get a Sundae for dessert. We then headed to the Armadale SES Unit. On arrival we were introduced to some of the SES volunteers and they explained to us what the main roles of the SES are. We were then split up into four groups and during the evening we rotated through four stations.
At station one we learnt about the SES operational room, how teams & jobs are organised and how they communicate using VHF and UHF radios.
At station two we learnt about two types of stretchers, how to secure a patient into a stretcher and how to carry them in the stretcher.
At station three we learnt how to tie some of the knots that the volunteers use in their rescue and repair work.
At station four we learnt about the generators and lighting that the SES use when they are out in the field doing search & rescue and repairing storm damage.
At the end of the evening the SES volunteers treated us to cup cakes and soft drinks.
A very informative and enjoyable night was had by all the cadets and leaders. We are very grateful to all volunteers at Armadale SES for the time and effort they put into organising and running the night for us.