Rolleston has small town heroes

Members of the Rolleston ESU at a Dawson Hwy accident site.
Members of the Rolleston ESU at a Dawson Hwy accident site.

THE Rolleston Emergency Services Unit has been highly commended in the 2011 NRMA Insurance Storm Heroes Team Awards for its response to the inundation of the Rolleston community in late January this year.

The small ESU, which incorporates the State Emergency Service, ensured the community could cope as water moved through the town, in some cases covering homes so that only their roofs could be seen.

"The SES is tireless in helping the community and in the last year Queenslanders have seen firsthand the valuable work they do. Many communities would not recover after severe weather events without the efforts of SES volunteers," NRMA Insurance Community and Sustainability manager Megan Lupton said.

"Rolleston ESU worked day and night to ensure the safety of the closeknit community and save valuables where possible."

Rolleston ESU co-ordinator Lionel Jackson said the group offered the practical help the community needed, as well as the 'cold beer' or 'cup of tea' required during the recovery process.

"The group have many long standing members who are well known throughout the community. They have the skills for when it counts, but are also friends to those in need," he said.

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