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SES volunteers from around the state trained up in Orange

SES volunteers from around the state in Orange for training. Supplied.

By Tyler Johnson*

Last weekend SES members from Orange City, Armidale, Glen Innes and Dubbo units congregated at the Orange City SES headquarters to gain crucial skills to further support their communities.

Over the two days participants were given expert training and instruction as part of the Drive Operational Vehicles course, delivered by fellow SES volunteers Grace Langlands, Peter Turner, Peter McIntosh and Debbie Burns.

The trainers shared their decades of collective experience. The course focused on the safe and correct use of lights and siren devices on NSW SES vehicles.

Those in attendance were trained in when to use these devices, the risks associated with their usage, and how to keep the community and other road users safe should they need to respond to an emergency situation.

Skills, such as those taught as part of the Driving Operational Vehicles course, are vital for our members to develop as part of their NSW SES careers.

Unit vehicles at the training. Supplied.

I was incredibly impressed by the high calibre of the attendees. Their professionalism and dedication were apparent, having given up their weekends and personal time to build new skills.

Congratulations to all attendees and thanks to our expert trainers for sharing their knowledge and delivering such a high quality course.

Orange City SES holds regular training and development opportunities for its members and those from around the state across key disciplines such as flood rescue, storm and water damage, first aid and land search.

* Tyler Johnson is a leading senior operator at Orange City Unit (NSW SES).

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