SES volunteers play crucial role in successful land search
Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers faced some of the toughest conditions they’d known when participating in the search for missing hunter Reg Foggerdy.
Mr Foggerdy, 62, was found alive near Laverton after he was missing for six days.
SES volunteers from Bassendean, Mundaring, Kalamunda, Canning, Cockburn, Belmont, Norseman and Kalgoorlie, 18 in total, participated in the search.
District Officer Chris Kin-Maung said in his 29 years with the emergency services, both as an SES volunteer and a staff member, he had never experienced such harsh conditions.
“The atrocious conditions were matched only by the stoic and steadfast resolve of the volunteers,” Chris said.
“There were no luxuries here, it was true remote living. We slept under the stars, it was 36 degrees and we were up at 4am and to bed after dark.
“The team was an absolute pleasure to work with - they worked so hard and did it really tough, and are truly a credit to the emergency services.”
Some volunteers were dropped into inaccessible terrain by helicopter to search on foot, covering up to 20 kilometres a day in the hopes of finding the missing Wattle Grove grandfather.
Deputy Commissioner Fewster commended the search team for their efforts.
“This was a real combined effort from WA Police, who are the hazard management authority, and our SES volunteers and the team from the Tropicana mine site,” Deputy Commissioner Fewster said.
“They went above and beyond and it was great to see the team’s efforts pay off with a successful search.”
The Field Search Controller and IMT Operations Officer for the incident was Steve Blackford of the Bassendean SES Unit.