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Unit controllers at two local SES branches are calling for a third unit to be established in the Dandenong Ranges as emergency services struggle to keep up with callouts to the Hills. Emerald SES unit controller Ben Owen and Lilydale SES unit controller Shaun Caulfield are “keen to sit down and have a conversation” with the appropriate ministers around establishing a new unit for ridge-top communities after both units were inundated with calls to Kalorama, Mt Dandenong and Olinda during the recent storm. While the units proudly “work as one” in natural disasters and emergencies, the wide coverage areas of both crews stretches resources when action is required in disasterprone areas of the Dandenongs. Mr Owen said the need for a further unit really showed during the recent wild weather. “It only showed on Wednesday night (9 June) when we had 12 code one responses in Kalorama, Mt Dandenong and Olinda to rescue people that had trees on their houses. Basically, every SES unit was around 25 minutes away on a normal day, and that’s when you aren’t cutting up trees in order to get to the job,” he said. Lilydale SES received over 1260 callouts in the week following the storm, with 900 of those jobs situated across Mount Dandenong communities, taking resources away from the wider Yarra Ranges area as it experienced flooding. “We only cover parts of Kalorama, Mt Dandenong and a small part of Olinda, and the Emerald unit covers the rest,” he said. Emerald SES shares the suburbs of Olinda and Mt Dandenong, while also covering Ferny Creek, Sassafras and the broader Hills region. “We go right down through Belgrave, Bel-

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