Emerald radio jock Gary Sands is the local SES controller.
Emerald radio jock Gary Sands is the local SES controller.

Phone line keeps Gazza on the job

GARY 'Gazza' Sands is a handy man to have as local controller of the six State Emergency Service crews in the Central Highlands Regional Council area.

Gazza's day job is as breakfast announcer at radio station 4HI in Emerald but, unlike most SES volunteers, Gazza does not have to stop work to answer SES calls for help.

He can do his live radio program from anywhere, including on-site at a major incident.

"All I need is a phone line and I can control the radio program with a laptop from virtually anywhere," Gazza said.

Gazza said SES crews were hoping for a quiet festive period but were prepared for emergencies.

"We have boosted the number of trained flood boat operators after EMQ ran a course on the dam recently," he said. "They are a dedicated bunch committed to serving the Central Highlands and its people."


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