SES was not involved in protester’s release

IT WAS brought to my attention at unit training on Monday night that the unit's after-hours duty officer has been subjected to quite distressing abuse from a CSG protester, who cited an article headlined "Nine hours in the Traumatron", published in the Northern Rivers Echo issue of February 14.

The article twice mentions the SES in relation to the release of a protester inside the vehicle.

This is incorrect.

The NSW SES has not been deployed for any reason to any protest.

My information suggests that the Police Rescue Squad undertook the action to free the protestor.

This was pointed out to the caller, however she, undeterred, insisted that it had been reported in The Echo and the tirade of abuse continued.

While I appreciate that you and your newspaper are not responsible for the actions of an individual, the passions aroused around this issue are such that I believe a retraction in your next issue is warranted.

May I also take the opportunity to congratulate Jennie Dell on her article on page four of the same issue which highlights the training and dedication of SES volunteers who place themselves in danger to undertake swift water rescues when the situation arises.

Stuart Ferguson

SES Local Controller


Lismore City Unity

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