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Moranbah SES named best responders for CQ

The quick-thinking rescue of a driver trapped in a car pinned between two trees in fast flowing water has received recognition.

Moranbah State Emergency Service (SES) Group has been awarded SES Regional Operational Response of the Year.

The group was awarded during the State Emergency Service Central SES Week Awards at Airlie Beach on Sunday, October 8.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the group was called on for a flood boat rescue following three days of clean-up after Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

“We are so thankful we have dedicated, selfless and amazing volunteers in our midst,” Mayor Baker said.

“These are our unsung heroes. Thank you for your their bravery, swift thinking and strong sense of wanting to contribute to our community.

“We are forever in your debt.”

Council SES Controller Alex McPhee said during the March 30 rescue, the driver had made it on the roof of the car after attempting to cross the MacKenzie River on the flooded Fitzroy Development Road.

“The Moranbah group sized up the location and direction of the water and the three members recovered the driver bringing him back to paramedics for treatment,” Mr McPhee said.

“The crews then returned to Moranbah and Middlemount without injury or damage to equipment.”

Mayor Baker said thankfully, the rescue was a success but it was a timely reminder ahead of the storm season when it comes to flooded crossings.

“Any flooded road can be deadly. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve drive the road a hundred times before,” Mayor Baker said.

“As the saying goes – if it’s flooded, forget it.”

Mayor Baker said in light of Get Ready Queensland Week, Isaac has experienced unprecedented heat waves during spring.

“The time is now to prepare for whatever Mother Nature throws at us,” she said.

“It’s important to know that Isaac is susceptible to bush fires, flooding, tropical cyclones, road closures and service outages to name a few.

“In recent years, we have seen how quickly nature disasters can arise, and how devastating and widespread their impacts can be.

“As a community, we each do a little, we can all accomplish a lot. So, now is the time to consider a ‘what if’ plan.”

Visit Get Ready Queensland Week online at for more information on how you and your family can prepare for the upcoming summer season.

Isaac SES volunteers empower members of the community to help themselves and others in times of emergency and disaster, so they can focus on helping the most vulnerable.

If you are interested in finding out more about being part of something extraordinary, please contact Isaac’s Local SES Controller on 0412 880 577, email or visit for details.



Image 1 (JPEG, 1.8MB): Moranbah SES Group member Gerard Corkill, who was the group leader at the time of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, accepted the award at the Airlie Beach ceremony on Sunday, October 8.


For further information contact:
Isaac Regional Council PR & Media Officer                                                  0428 038 917




11 October 2017