The NSW State Emergency Service biannual appointment of Unit Controllers took place on the 1st August. While there are now many new management teams among the Hunter Region SES Units the Murrurundi Unit has remained unchanged with Unit Controller, Bob Standen, Duty Officer, Andrew Aboozaid, and Deputy Controllers, Sandra Day and Ian MacAlpine all being reappointed for the next two years.
There has been a reorganisation of the running of the Hunter Region SES with the creation of an Upper Hunter “Cluster Group” comprised of the SES Units at Denman, Muswellbrook, Aberdeen, Scone, Merriwa and Murrurundi. Ben Maxwell from Muswellbrook has been appointed as the Local Controller for the Cluster. His duties are to co-ordinate the training requirements of the Cluster and facilitate combined emergency responses. It is anticipated that there will be combined training by the Cluster Units on a regular basis in the future.
Bob Standen attended a communications presentation at Hunter Region Headquarters to learn about the introduction of new protocols and equipment to be adopted by the SES. The new operating systems will commence in September.
The Murrurundi Rotary club organised their Health and Wellbeing Expo at the Bowling Club and invited Bob Standen and the SES to organise a display in support. The SES was pleased for the opportunity to be involved in such an event.
Local Controller, Ben Maxwell attended our last meeting night to meet our volunteers, explain his duties and present the Five Year Service Awards to Sam Hart, Aaron Mostyn, Liam Hobbs, Kieran Hobbs and Steven Taylor. Our congratulations to these five members for their commitment to our community.
The SES is volunteers assisting their community during emergencies.
For emergency assistance during floods or storms call the SES on 132 500.
The Murrurundi controller, Bob Standen, can be contacted on 6546 6569.
General enquiries to the Murrurundi SES Unit are directed to 6546 6912.
The Murrurundi Rotary Club has again made a substantial donation to our local SES. We greatly appreciate their ongoing support and recognition of the SES roll in our community.
Fortunately there have been no calls for assistance in recent months but training is ongoing to keep our unit on a constant state of operational preparedness.