Mud and puddles were in abundance at a recent training evening for the Canning South Perth SES unit. With the Canning River as the backdrop, our volunteers completed a training exercise on pumping and diversion. Our volunteers worked in teams to practice these skills, with healthy competition flowing over puddle sizes, sand bags and flow rate.

Whilst buckets of fun were had by all, there is a serious side to these training exercises. The recent adverse weather events in Queensland and New South Wales have highlighted the importance of keeping these skills up to date as they are fundamental in responding to flooding. Our thoughts go out to all affected and the emergency services personnel working hard in responding to the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie.

No mud, no fun