Des O’Meara, Controller of the Yarrawonga SES unit, has stepped down as the group’s leader and handed the baton to long time member Rohan Williams.FIONA BLICK February 4, 2014 3:42pm
“I will still be an active member of the SES I just won’t be in charge anymore,” Des said.
“I am going to be taking on a training role and I will certainly be around to give Rohan moral support.”
Des joined the SES in 1988 and became Controller in charge of the unit and responsible for 16 emergency service personnel in 1993.
The last two years have been extremely busy for the SES Yarrawonga Unit with floods and tornados to contend with.
Yarrawonga is regarded by many high-level SES personnel as one of the best SES facilities in country Victoria and Des has been renowned for continually seeking ways to further improve the unit’s resources.
Des was awarded the Moira Shire Citizen of the Year and the Yarrawonga Citizen of the Year in 2012 for his services to the SES and the community.
“I think it is time to hand on this task, it is silly to stay in the job for too long,” he said.
“I think Rohan is the man for the job.
“He will certainly have his work cut out for him; it is very time consuming and he will have to learn to delegate, but he will do an excellent job.”
Rohan began at the Essendon SES Unit in 1998 and then joined Yarrawonga in 1999.
“Over the years I have completed all the courses I needed to be become a Controller,” Rohan said.
“I feel I am ready.
“There are sides I will find challenging but it will be good.”
Rohan praised Des for his dedicated service to the Yarrawonga SES unit.
“Des has done a terrific job building this unit up and keeping it together.
“It has become a good strong unit under Des’ command and hope he sticks around for a few more years yet to give me a hand.”
Rohan said he joined SES as it was a way to contribute to the community.
“I do get a sense of reward for doing this job, but it is a hard one and you really have to want to do it,” he said.
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