Rosco Johnston has been volunteering since he was 16. After his time as a Senior Sea Scout, he joined what was then the Civil Defence in 1970. He is now Operational Response Manager and Training Coordinator for the Prospect SES, located in Regency Park.
The Prospect branch looks after a large part of our City, working alongside the Enfield Branch to be on call for our community during times of need.
Volunteers respond to extreme weather, flooding, clear fallen trees and debris, and building damage. They also assist with land searches which involve the hunt for both for people and evidence, and volunteers work closely with the Star Force and other members of SAPOL.
He has been involved in countless rescues, and particularly recalls a bomb blast in 1977, in a car yard on Main North Road. “Luckily it just missed a bus otherwise there could have been many casualties. The only person slightly injured lived in the house next door and he was hit on the head when his bedroom door fell off its hinges because of the blast.”
“In 1992 there were floods in the Gawler, Virginia and Two Wells area. I remember my first exposure to filling sandbags, my back still aches if you mention the word dolomite.”
He’s also travelled interstate to help others, “Early this year another member and I drove a CFS truck to Melbourne for use in a recycling plant fire. The Melbourne Fire Service greeted us with open arms and were so appreciative of our efforts.”
Rosco says the best thing about working with the Prospect Branch is the “total commitment of our members to helping the community. We have a unit with members coming from many backgrounds and various ages but who get on well and do the job in a professional manner.”
The City of PAE has recently been working with local SES units, emergency services and the community to improve community resilience and better prepare residents for potential emergencies. Keep an eye on our website for updated emergency management information coming soon.