Australia — A book to commemorate Blacktown State Emergency Service’s first 50 years in the area was launched last week.
When Emergency Strikes: the Story of the Blacktown State Emergency Service was written by its former deputy director general of the SES, Chas Keys.
The book tells about the unit’s beginning in the days of the Cold War, when emergency management in NSW was dominated by concerns of civil defence.
The book follows its development on the management of the effects of floods and storms and tells of life-saving rescues in many emergency situations.
Mr Keys also tells about how Blacktown SES members helped manage the evacuees who came to Sydney after Cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin in 1974.
He also writes about those who worked in the carriages of the wrecked train in Granville in 1977, the Newcastle earthquake in 1989 and the road collapse in Thredbo in 1997.
The Blacktown SES has also contributed to bushfire operations by transporting firefighters to remote areas, doorknocking people at risk, managing evacuations, filling water tankers, cutting down damaged trees and managing logistics.
The unit’s volunteers have conducted searches for lost people, bodies and evidence to support criminal charges.
Copies of the book can be bought for $4 by sending a cheque or money order to the Local Controller, Blacktown SES, 28 Old Church Lane, Prospect NSW 2148.