Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dust Storm

Waking up this morning we witnessed one of the eeriest scenes I’ve ever seen. My first thought was the neighbours had changed their light bulb that shines into our bathroom. Upon closer inspection we noticed the skies were a blood red colour and the air was a thick soup of dust.
The ever-increasing drought coupled with some extreme wind conditions, whipped up the worst dust storm I’ve ever seen. The dust was so thick it had the density of a thick fog you could taste it as you walked outside. What made it worse was some overnight rain, which had allowed the dust to settle on vehicles and roadways.
The dust played havoc causing Sydney Airport to close, while a health warning was issued. As the morning progressed, the southwesterly winds increased which thankfully aided in disbursing the smoggy dust.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Navrescue 09

The annual Navrescue event hosted by Wollongong SES has once again been run and won. This year’s event was held in bushland at Belanglo State Forest. Some 24 teams from 17 units participated on the day.

As with previous years there were the 4 activities that tested teambuilding, first aid and radio work along with 15 or so checkpoints dotted throughout the bush. An unseasoned hot day made the walking and bush navigation all that bit harder with many teams doing it tough.

Southern Highlands Bushwalkers eventually won a close contest, followed by Baulkham Hills and Parramatta SES.

SES loses one of its best

On Sunday 13th September the SES lost one of its true heroes and many of us lost a good friend. Greg was out enjoying one of his many passions when his life was tragically cut short.

In his role as the Deputy Commissioner of SES I had the pleasure of getting to know Greg as a comrade and over time as a good friend. We shared some fun times together, like abseiling from a building in Martin Place, as a competitor in our Navrescue event and on many SES operations.
In a fitting tribute Greg was farewelled by almost 1000 family, friends and colleagues at St Andrews Cathedral in Canberra, the very place where Greg and Jenny were married.

Greg, you will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace.