It was during the annual Local Counter Disaster meeting in Yuendumu late last year, that Sergeant Tanya Mace and NTES Area Manager, Keith Lewis discovered that there was a demand to develop a local NTES Volunteer Unit to service the thriving remote community.
With the support of OIC Mace, Keith hosted an open day where community members could learn about the NTES and the sort of work that volunteers do. Immediately, six members signed up and a subsequent 12 came on board one month later. Within eight months, Yuendumu had produced 15 first aid trained NTES volunteers who were eager to learn more.
On 16 September, the Yuendumu unit commenced training for their first and main capability; Road Crash Rescue (RCR). All members excelled in the training and demonstrated a clear understanding of the complexities involved. Unit Officer, Robert Atkinson is proud of how his volunteers have “excelled in this demanding and dynamic environment”.
The Yuendumu volunteer unit is responsible for around 1,000 square kilometres of road which is logistically challenging. The unit maintains skills through fortnightly training sessions that cover various RCR scenarios and have recently received a purpose-built road rescue trailer to aid their efforts.
NTES is extremely proud of the Yuendumu Unit and thanks all members for their commitment in assisting the Yuendumu community.