Essential Services Day 2014

Santa comes to the Wedderburn Community House

Santa comes to the Wedderburn Community House

Tuesday 16th December was a day of celebration and thanks at the Wedderburn Community House, with the Emergency Services Day.

The Police, SES, CFA, CERT and Loddon Healthy Minds Committee had organised activities for the community to participate in and learn what they actually do in our communities.

About 100 students from Wedderburn College visited, breaking into smaller groups so they could visit each stall and all have a go at equipment, ask questions, even climb into the back of the divvy van.

The SES talked about floods and why you shouldn’t play in flood water, with a demonstration of what you might find in the flood water. They also demonstrated the jaws of life. CERT wrapped peoples arms and taught the visitors how to administer an epi-pen. The police talked about safety and community policing. Possibly the biggest hit of the day was the CFA’s fire hoses, where the children got to shoot at targets up a pole and knock a ball across the ground. The force of the water was so strong I was expecting to see a child wiggling in the air at the end of an out of control hose, but to my surprise everyone held onto the hose with great purpose. From the natural stance of many of the children, we have a lot of future fire fighters.

Emercency Services showing their stuff on the day

Emercency Services showing their stuff on the day

The other big hit of the day was the visit from Santa who arrived on a fire truck and proceeded to hand presents out to all the children. When he first arrived we thought we had lost him as a sea of excited children swamped him.

To finish off the day the Wedderburn Lions Club supplied everyone with a hearty bbq lunch.

It was great to learn about the many services these mainly voluntary groups provide to our community and if you would like to become a member of any of these groups, I’m sure they would appreciate the support.

The above video was done and sent to the Community House by Deanna Neville. Thanks Deanna.