A NEW partnership between Rosedale State Emergency Service and the Heyfield Ambulance Victoria unit will enhance the safety of residents of Heyfield, Rosedale and surrounds.
As part of the new two-year agreement, a Rosedale SES vehicle will be housed at Heyfield ambulance station.
The partnership is the result of a combined effort from many groups including SES Maffra, Rosedale, Sale, Stratford, the Regional Support Unit, CFA and Ambulance Victoria.
It demonstrates a commitment from emergency services to improving community welfare and getting to emergency scenes faster.
SES east region manager Anthony Costigan said the partnership had numerous benefits.
“The satellite site at Heyfield improves community safety and response times for road crash rescue incidents,” he said.
Heyfield will be looked after by the Maffra SES unit for general calls for assistance, while support with road crash rescues will be provided by Rosedale SES.
SES units and other emergency services have welcomed the new arrangements.
Rosedale unit controller Brad Stephens said having an SES vehicle housed in Heyfield would enable crews to respond faster to road crashes throughout the district.
A joint emergency service open day held recently at the new Heyfield satellite site was well attended by residents from the surrounding district, with many showing an interest in volunteering with their local SES, CFA or ambulance site.
Activities on the day proved popular with young and old.
The SES colouring competition showcased many young budding artists.
Volunteering with SES or another emergency service provider, gives people an opportunity to utilise their skills and help their local community.
As well as supporting those in need during emergencies such as floods and storms, SES plays an important role in working with local communities and councils to provide advice, education, information and training.
For more information about how community members can be part of SES and the work it does, visit www.ses.vic.gov.au.