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WOW Day 2014

Welcome to Wear Orange Wednesday

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The amazing people we work with throughout the year

Welcome to WOW Day 2014. This year we wanted to highlight some of the other agencies and organisations that we work with throughout the year and very special thanks go to Siobhan Powell (Edithvale CFA), Shaun Rampal (VICPOL), Graham Mummery (Ambulance Victoria), Councillor Tamsin Bearsley (City of Kingston) and Chelsea SES volunteer members, Allan, Peter & Evette. Wear Orange Wednesday is just one day, so here are some of the things we have been up to over the other 364 days since last WOW day.

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Sometimes it's all just a bit too much

Chelsea SES has seen volunteer members assisting not only our own community, but also working in support roles around the state. Back in February, members set off to assist at the major fire at the Yallourn open cut mine and in fact made a number of trips over a 6 week period. In March, we saw the first major storm front sweep through giving Chelsea members a busy time with many building damage jobs including a major ceiling collapse at the Woolworths Supermarket in Mordialloc.

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Councillor Tamsin Bearsley got into the fun to show support from the City of Kingston

April and May were punctuated with vehicles running into things that they shouldn’t have, including, tree branches, cake shops, banks, houses and fire hydrants. Trees came down onto cars and houses, and one of our members, Richard Jenner, headed to Perth to assist in the search for the missing MH370.

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VICPOL were there and ready to fly the orange flag

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Sometimes, Girls just wanna have fun

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And you think I look funny!

June saw another major storm front hit the area and the team at Chelsea had their hands full with over 100 calls for assistance being received. Many trees were blown down onto buildings, cars and roads as well as minor flooding and roof damage from the high winds.

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I just love orange

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All change!

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Chelsea SES and VICPOL working together

September saw Chelsea members assisting in the very difficult task of searching for a missing 3 year old boy who disappeared after falling into the Dandenong Creek, sadly the body of the toddler was later found.

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What an incredible job our Ambo's do for all of us

October saw a good news story for Chelsea SES when Controller, Ron Fitch, was presented with the highest award that Rotary International can give, when he received a Paul Harris Fellowship award for more than 20 years of volunteer service to Chelsea SES, however, the celebrations were short lived when sadly, the Chelsea members were called to one of the toughest jobs of the year when a light plane crashed into Camp Street in Chelsea, killing it’s pilot.

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The hair has got to be just right

October saw yet another major storm event impact the Chelsea operational area, this time with almost 60 calls for assistance including a massive tree that came down onto power lines in Montrose Avenue, Edithvale, cutting power to almost 450 homes and closing the road for 2 days.

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Ahh, now that's nice

Throughout the year, a number of schools, clubs and community groups were visited by our volunteer members, giving presentations on what the SES is all about and the role we fill within the community. Tin shakes at intersections, golf days and other PR events help us to help you by raising money and awareness.

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What's so funny?

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Looking good Councillor

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Even the flowers are orange

When we look back at the scope and number of jobs that we are called on to attend each year, the nights of missed sleep, the family events that we just don’t quite get to and the memories of too many times of having cold feet and wet socks, they are eased by the many thank you’s and warm wishes from the many people that we are able to assist through some tough times.

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Chelsea Primary School turned orange for the day and raised almost $175.00 in the process!

Our very special thanks must go to Siobhan Powell (Edithvale CFA), Shaun Rampal (VICPOL), Graham Mummery (Ambulance Victoria), Councillor Tamsin Bearsley (City of Kingston) and Cette.

No wonder it is called WOW day, looking back over the year, even we say WOW!

 

 

Last Updated (Sunday, 16 November 2014 09:03)

 
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