Who Let The Boats Out

Who Let The Boats Out Broken Hill SES

Last Saturday, five members of the Broken Hill State Emergency Service (SES) team travelled to Menindee to take part in an SES NSW statewide operation called Who Let The Boats Out.

The multi-agency flood rescue exercise saw the Broken Hill SES unit putting both the Broken Hill boat and Menindee boat in the water and completing tasks given to them via radio from the state headquarters.

The day was not only an opportunity to test boat operators and flood rescue operators, but also incident management teams and radio operators, putting everyone’s skills on display during scenarios including vessel capsizing, retrievals from the water, towing of vessels, impromptu boat maintenance, boat manoevering, and general boat operations.

“With any exercise and training, practice makes perfect,” Inspector Cody Johnston – Western Zone told the Barrier Truth.

“Flood rescues aren’t overly common in some areas, but it’s definitely important to maintain the skills on how to perform these operations in the event of a real-life scenario,” he said.

To apply to become a volunteer with the SES or to learn more about volunteering, visit

Volunteers can join from the age of 16, but those under 18 years of age must complete a Parent and Guardian Consent Form.

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