Stirling SES members learn tracking skills from outback survival expert



Stirling SES members Ant Rees and Greg Buck with Bayswater SES member Cary Wintle. Picture: Darren Wyatt
Stirling SES members Ant Rees and Greg Buck with Bayswater SES member Cary Wintle. Picture: Darren Wyatt

STIRLING State Emergency Service (SES) members brushed up on their tracking skills at the weekend, receiving expert advice from outback survival expert Bob Cooper.

A Bayswater and an Albany SES member joined 10 Stirling members for a tracking exercise at Harry Waring Marsupial Reserve in Wattleup on Saturday.

Training manager Jude Gliddon said the team followed a false trail to practise tracking, including jump tracking techniques.

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An abandoned 4WD was set up, doors left open and packets of medication strewn in the car.

“We had to work out how many were in the car, what condition they might be in and work out how to search for them,” she said.

Ms Gliddon said something as simple as a bit of bent grass was among the clues the members followed.

“It was amazing,” she said.

Ms Gliddon said she hoped to train Stirling SES to become a specialist tracking team.

She said she wanted to push for a tracking team to be first on the scene during missing person incidents to eliminate areas to search.

Ms Gliddon said they often came on the scene after police, SES and horses had walked across potential tracks.

Stirling SES joined the foot search for missing Doubleview man Juraj Zdunic in Muchea on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Members also recently attended a car crash in Mirrabooka and an airconditioner that collapsed in a house.

If you would like to join Stirling SES, call 0439 951 470, which includes free training, with uniform and equipment provided.