Brad Allen from the Leongatha SES was among the team of eight volunteers who participated in the Bunnings Emergency Services Australia Day BBQ.

LEONGATHA State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers demonstrated their dedication and philanthropic community spirit, participating in the recent Bunnings Emergency Services Australia Day BBQ event despite the extreme hot weather.
A team of eight volunteers, complete with rescue truck and 4WD ute, made the trek from Leongatha to Morwell Bunnings to create a highly interactive and informative display.
The public was treated to three Road Crash Rescue demonstrations with step-by-step commentary and support from Morwell CFA, a scavenger hunt inside the Bunnings store to find Paddy Platypus’s five missing brothers, kids’ activities and an information booth.
Leongatha Unit Controller Matt Saario led by example supporting his Road Crash Rescue crew, transforming into Paddy Platypus, practising his truck driving skills under instruction as he works towards his medium-rigid licence, and regularly checking the welfare of his team.
Mr Saario said it was a pleasure for Leongatha SES Unit to be part of the Bunnings Emergency Services BBQ.
“The Leongatha Unit members all enjoyed the day. We appreciate the opportunity to showcase some of our rescue skills, and chat with members of the public about how to be part of SES and stay safe in emergency situations,” he said.
Morwell Bunnings were very impressed by the professional and diverse display provided by Leongatha SES Unit, and has offered regular events throughout the year for SES to participate in.
Bunnings event coordinator Barb Harvey thanked SES Leongatha for their assistance on the day.
“SES perform such an awesome service to our communities”.
The generosity of Bunnings to stage the event, Morwell Towing for providing the Road Crash Rescue cars and donations from the public are greatly appreciated.
Funds raised on the day will assist Leongatha Unit in purchasing a new rescue truck.
It’s been a very busy start to the year for the Unit, who have cleared many trees from busy roads across South Gippsland, supported the Leongatha Incident Control Centre during recent severe weather events, and assisted other agencies at road accident scenes.
As well as providing support to those in need during emergencies, Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) plays an important role in providing advice, information, education and training about how to stay safe during floods, storms, earthquakes and tsunamis.
VICSES works to ensure the safety of Victorian communities by responding to emergencies and disasters across the state.
For emergency assistance call the VICSES on 132 500.
In a life-threatening situation, call Triple Zero (000).
For information on how to prepare for emergencies, visit ses.vic.gov.au.