SES Mounted Section call for volunteers to search for missing people

SES Mounted Section call for volunteers to search for missing people

THE State Emergency Service Mounted Section is looking for more volunteers and their horses to join their search team for missing people.

Local manager Natalie Beard, who has been a volunteer for nearly two decades, said it was a rewarding role helping search for missing people.

Ms Beard said the search for missing grandfather Ian Collett, missing for 17 days before his body was found in bushland in Ashendon last June, stayed with her.

“We had searchers out there for five days looking for Ian,” she said.

“The camaraderie between our team, the SES overall and the whole community was a special feeling and something I am proud to be involved in.

“What stands out in all the years is the appreciation from family members.

“Even when there is not a great outcome, the family members are still so thankful and it is humbling to allow them to have closure rather than never knowing what happened.”

Ms Beard said the Unit suits a whole range of horse people from Pony Club parents, to competitive riders to anyone after a change.

“Being a Mounted Section volunteer is a great way for the horse community to give back, whilst working with like minded people and getting to learn new skills,” she said.

The Unit trains twice a month.

An information night will be held on March 27. For more information email enquiries@seswamountedsection.com