#GetReadyWeek had all of the QLD state emergency and disaster agencies working side by side to prepare our local communities for storm season… with ambassador JT!! 🏈⛈☔️⚡️
Notes. Attended by: SES, QFES, RFS, QAS, DMO, BCC, Red Cross, Lifeline, Bunnings, TMR, ABC Radio w/ Rebecca Livingstone (10min interview). 5x late primary school groups (10+ kids)’ 3x kindy age groups, public on way to/from work. Focus on storm messaging, some bushfire.
Today, I was incredibly honoured to receive a Brisbane Region SES Week 2019 award for special contribution to the State Emergency Service through leading the implementation of community engagement strategies for Brisbane City SES Unit!! So very grateful to the many SES members who have directed my enthusiasm and passion over the last few years (which I know can’t have been easy at times)! I am especially proud to have received the only award today specifically noting community engagement. Thank you so much to whomever sent in a nomination! 🥰🧡🎉
Brisbane Northern SES group visit to the QLD State HAZMAT unit to learn about their functions. Station Officers took us through the site, educating our members on their role in supporting firefighters with specialty equipment when chemical, radiation, or biological issues arise. Their unit tests and reconditions all of the hazmat suits, breathing apparatus, and scientific firefighting equipment for the whole state.
Operationally speaking, the QLD HAZMAT unit deployed to Townsville to help with the cleanup in the floods at the end of last year, was a part of the teams activated during the G20, and can also be found at any incidence of house fire or gas leak in Brisbane.
Their team of expert scientists, who are also firefighters, liaise with state, federal, and international agencies to ensure that Queensland is up to date with all of their policies and procedures, keeping us as safe as possible! We all learned a lot and we’re grateful to extend or knowledge of the QFES family!
Community engagement morning chatting everything storm season & emergency kits!! #SES 🧡
Just completed 20hr/2day shift at the State Operations Centre (SOC) shadowing the Public Information Officer (PIO) for the current QLD bushfires.
Absolutely honoured to be in the room where the top brass were making the BIG decisions for this historic fire event, coordinating as they affect several communities across the whole of QLD.
It was a phenomenal learning opportunity that puts me in a position to better assist with or deploy to any disaster event in the state to help with PIO roles such as information/warnings, media liaison, & community liaison.
Thank you to all our wonderful agencies working together to minimise the fire disaster impacts, to all those involved in the massive effort that is controlling the current fires, and to those maintaining the business as usual activities (that don’t just stop when disasters hit)!! Heroes, the lot of you!! 🧡
Many, many thanks to my encouraging and knowledgeable mentor, Trevor Doyle, and fellow trainee, Moreton PIO, Michelle Bowker for all the help and tips!! Look forward to working with you in the future!! ~ AB🌻
(Approval sought for posting photos from inside SOC – yes, I was on the news!)
Wear Orange Wednesday for volunteer week celebrating everything SES with our new STORM HOUSE resources!! #WOWDay
Helped organise a mini golf team building night for my fellow Brisbane Northern SES Group people! Hope everyone had fun doing the tap tap tapping ☺️🧡⛳️⚡️ #PutterSelfie #StolenGolfBallSelfie
Tin rattle AM shift crew! Raising money for our Brisbane Northern SES Group Support Club so we can do fun training activities and fund the resources we need to function operationally 🧡
Splish splash training at SES tonight ~ Flood boat familiarisation, put a life jacket on in the water, did some full PPE laps, and then learnt how to use a back board to pull someone out! Trainers really out did themselves 🧡 #yachtsoffun #whateverfloatsyaboat #keepingitreel 🌊👩🏼🚒⛵️ ~ 📸 by Christy Ccg & Nicole
Pretty cool to be working in the same building that my Poppa Lionel used to work in when he was a police inspector!! SES radio operator for the New Years Eve celebrations in Brisbane City 🎙🎉 Just watched the 8.30pm fireworks from multiple angles on big screens 😍🎆🎉🧡
Nudgee Boat Ramp. Radio Operator in IMT.
Team Leader. First event run mostly on my own. First time face painting, went really well with the Halloween theme (I really need practice!). Constant stream of families with kids wanting to dress up and climb aboard the flood boat. Lots of discussion about storm season. Minister for Agriculture & Local Councillor both stopped by for long chats! Lots of fun 🧡
Joined tonight’s Monday night mystery exercise visiting the Kemp Place Fire Station in Fortitude Valley!! So interesting to find out more about what skills the firies would most like us SES to have (chainsaw and flood boat), to hear some war stories, and learn about their functional capabilities across the state – from bushfires to road crash rescue to the inner city student accommodation false alarms!👩🏻🚒🔥👨🏻🚒
Busy day out with the SES 👩🏻🚒🔥🏚🛠 #GetReadyWeek
Photog 📸 Faye Gibson 🌻
Police Operations Centre (POC) at Police Headquarters in Roma St, Brisbane. Completed Radio Operator communication and administration duties (with mentor).
First team leader role – 7 members (3 teams) ~ 7.30am-1pm ~ 119 properties engaged, homeowners friendly & appreciative ~ QFES Media Video Interview for Facebook @ 9.30am ~ Learnings: snacks always a winner, & don’t forget the sunscreen!
*Operation Knock Knock is a state-wide, multi-agency community engagement initiative that will mobilise SES in their local communities in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of resilience, preparation for hazards, and community connectedness.*
SES community engagement event with the flood boat. Lightening overhead really drummed home the ‘be storm ready’ messages!! 🚨⛵️🧡🌦
Tonight’s SES training was a visit to the Brisbane Water Police ⚓️ wonderful insight into how we work together in search & rescue situations involving waterways. So much respect for these highly-skilled men and women who hold themselves to such a high standard of operational readiness ⛴🚁🚔🚨
– How/why community engagement contributes to operational readiness
– Resources available for community engagement events
– practice iPad storm safe game & interactive flood maps
– get ready brochures
– physical assets: flood boats, atvs, vehicles etc
– Messaging: what does the public want from us & what we need to make them aware of (questions to ask, info to share – brainstorming session)
– Upcoming fetes, fundraisers & social events
– Future planning
Providing crowd and traffic support for the 5km start!! Bit of a rainy day, but much fun 🙂 Lord Mayor Graham Quirk stopped for a quick photo and to shake my hand and say thank you 🎩🙇🏻♀️🧡
White walkers were only on the 10km but it was fun to see the dinosaur!
*me pretending to be important in the media room 🎥👩🏻🚒🤷🏻♀️…
I may have drawn a bird on their very cool interactive table!
Learnt how to emergency open doors, safety around the tracks, & got to have a squiz at the drivers cabin! Bit damp, but very interesting!! 🚧🚂🚃🚉👩🏻🚒