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All agencies represented at Pyramid Hill

By: Bec McDonald

Category: Community Safety, Events / Fundraising / Offers

  2.01 PM 13 September, 2017

Location: District 20 News

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Pyramid Hill Fire Brigade hosted a successful Emergency Service Organisations (ESO) day for students and residents of Pyramid Hill and surrounding communities yesterday.

Representatives from CFA, SES, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Lifesaving Victoria provided 10 interactive displays and engaged with over 180 students from Pyramid Hill College, St. Patrick’s Primary School, Pyramid Hill Pre-school and East Loddon P-12 College.

The primary students enjoyed the opportunity to have a go at squirting a hose, crawling through the smoke house, participating in the CFA race game, walking through the CFA Mobile Education Unit and learning about how CFA will respond if they ever need to dial 000.

Students were also treated to demonstrations and practical activities with the other emergency organisations in the morning.

Senior school students arrived at the Mitchell Park oval with the Pyramid Hill Lions Club, providing a healthy lunch for all the students, teachers and ESO members.

Cr Cheryl McKinnon from the Loddon Shire welcomed everyone to the event and awarded prizes to the students who won a colouring competition that was held prior to the event.

Sergeant Pete from VicPol took out the honours in the ESO Mascot race, narrowly beating Beepa the Smoke Alarm and Captain Koala.  Paddy Platypus had troubles finding the finish line but put on a brave effort.

Senior students had the opportunity to meet and hear from former locals who have gone on to careers in the Emergency Services.

District 2 Operations Officer Trent McKinnon shared his career journey and encouraged the students to inform people about their career aspirations, "because there are many people who will help you along the way".  His message to students was “never give up”. 

Alli McGregor, daughter of Pryamid Hill Captain Steve Mann, spoke about her career as an paramedic with Ambulance Victoria and the pathways to her chosen career.

Joy Jenkins from Victoria Police proved that it is never too late to join emergency services after sharing that she joined the force late in life, following a long career in hairdressing.

SES volunteers, with the Cohuna CFA Road Rescue team, provided an impressive display of their skills in rescuing a trapped driver from a vehicle.

The senior students then made their way around to all the displays and activities provided by the ESOs.

Captain Mann and all his brigade members enjoyed putting on this event and interacting with their community.

“Our aim was to showcase emergency services in a fun and engaging way, buildi stronger partnerships with the other services and spread the message to young people that volunteerism is fun,” he said.

“I think we achieved all that and more.”

Last Updated: 13 September 2017