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Board visits the Fleurieu

The SAFECOM Board took the opportunity to visit the State's Fleurieu Peninsula which is home to more than 1200 emergency services personnel. Members of the Board toured the Victor Harbor MFS station, the Volunteer Marine Rescue Unit at the Victor Harbor-Goolwa Sea Rescue Squadron in Victor Harbor as well as the Goolwa CFS brigade and the joint Port Elliot CFS/SES emergency service facility.

The Board meeting once again coincided with SAFECOM's Volunteer and Employer Recognition and Support Program (VERSP). This program is designed to recognise employer-supported volunteering within the fire and emergency services sector and at the August event certificates of appreciation were awarded to 51 employers, which SAFECOM Chief Executive David Place says is a fantastic achievement.

"Without the support of employers, emergency service volunteers and retained fire fighting staff wouldn't be as readily able to fight fires, conduct rescue or assist with other emergencies, so it is important to recognise the role employers make to our communities," David said.

The visit to the region also helped to highlight the diversity of the emergency response capacity of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

"The Victor Harbor and Fleurieu region is rapidly growing, and managing severe weather conditions such as we recently experienced is only possible with the strong contingent of local SES, VMR and CFS volunteers as well as our MFS retained staff," David said.

"At the same time, local crews continue the hard task of emergency road crash rescue response in what has been a devastating year on our roads, while volunteers are also gearing up for a dangerous fire danger season ahead."

To demonstrate the diversity of their skills and experience to their employers, a group of CFS and SES volunteers teamed up to create a mock road crash rescue that involved cutting the roof and side panel off a car and rescuing a casualty trapped inside.

Overall, the VERSP event attracted over 190 guests which is a positive sign that more and more employers are recognising the importance and value of the emergency services in our community.

Rescue Exercise

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