Call-out numbers surprise SES unit controller

Colac and district State Emergency Services volunteer crews were ready to respond to incidents caused by severe weather and wind at the weekend. Pictured is SES member Nathan Swain who was tending to chainsaw maintenance on Monday.

Colac and district’s State Emergency Services volunteers are relieved that they only had to attend five incidents after severe weather and strong winds hit the region.

SES south-west Victoria operations officer Costas Chrysopoulos said all of the region’s SES teams had participated in a teleconference on Friday to discuss forecasts for winds gusting between 90 and 100 kilometres on Friday and Saturday.

“We actually check all of the units and prepare them for an event,” Mr Chrysopoulos said.

Despite the severe weather warnings, Colac SES unit controller Steve Tevelein said crews only needed to attend four incidents involving fallen trees causing traffic hazards at Irrewillipe and Bungador.

“To only get four jobs I was a little bit surprised, considering the weather we got,” Mr Tevelein said.

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