Volunteer sets exceptional example
TAKE a look at Roslyn Newley’s hands. They shape the district’s volunteer Queensland State Emergency Service response to the call from the lost or devastated.
Warwick is celebrating past, present and future women’s economic, political and social progression, and the part women like Mrs Newley are playing in that.
By day Mrs Newley is a Department of Transport and Main Roads program support co-ordinator. In her spare time she co-ordinates such missions as the recent search for 16-year-old Shanice Looker who was lost for 14 hours in rugged bushland near Connolly Dam in January.
“Not many people know the SES are volunteers,” Mrs Newley said. “There’s a lot of training involved, but there are avenues to be a flood boat operator, on the search for missing people and forensics for police and Warwick is one of the few areas with a vertical rescue team.
“The search for (Shanice Looker) was a great result. The guys could hear her calling and we thought she mightn’t be found until the next morning.
“But we have been involved in searches were the person has unfortunately been deceased.”
Mrs Newly has been on the team for almost two decades and is currently part of emergency management in charge, compiling SES response teams, communication with other emergency services like Queensland Police, Queensland Fire and Rescue and Queensland Ambulance. During her 18 years with the team she has seen the role of SES women evolve.
“We now have close to 30 per cent female membership,” she said.
On Tuesday, the lady dressed in reflective orange organised a plane at Oakey for SES members to fly to Charleville to aid people in the flood-ravaged town.
“The Warwick unit is fairly active,” she said.
“We do training one night a week and also sometimes on a weekend.
“Community service includes stuff like marshalling the annual Warwick Rodeo procession and assisting with traffic control at events like the Cunningham Classic.”
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