SES answers mum’s call

Kim Noakes and her daughter on their helicopter flight.Four-month-old baby Sarah Noakes received much needed medical attention on Monday thanks to air support from the SES.
Nanjing Night Net

Forbes district mother Kim Noakes of ‘Hempstead’, Noakes Road, said what started as a rash on Sarah’s arm last week, grew to cover her whole body.

“I rang [the SES] and said I had a four-month-old baby that I needed to get to a doctor,” Mrs Noakes said.

According to Mrs Noakes, the SES said they would see what they could organise.

Within a few hours Deputy Controller for Forbes SES Jordon L’Estrange phoned and advised Mrs Noakes a helicopter would be at their place in 20 minutes.

Mrs Noakes said the helicopter landed in front of their house, picked them up and brought the pair to Forbes.

Mother and child were then transferred to the Medical Centre for baby Sarah’s appointment.

Mrs Noakes stayed with relations in town overnight after the appointment, but said the SES had offered to find her emergency accommodation if she had nowhere to go.

The following morning the SES contacted Mrs Noakes again and flew both mother and baby back to the property so the family could be together again.

Mrs Noakes, her husband Ken and two children have been stranded on their property, located 35 kilometres west of Forbes, for a week, and according to the young family, the SES have been a God send.

“I couldn’t have been more grateful for everything they did for me,” Mrs Noakes said.

Sarah’s medical flight was not the first time the family needed assistance during the course of the flood.

Only a day earlier Mrs Noakes rang the SES to see if a farm worker could be airlifted off the property, also for medical reasons.

The worker had been on the property to help the family build a levee bank around their home but was then unable to get out.

Mrs Noakes said she couldn’t thank the SES enough for their assistance while the family has been flooded in.

“They have been very obliging to help out,” Mrs Noakes said.

Mrs Noakes rejected claims the SES had been heavy handed in their approach to the flood.

She said it was better to be proactive than reactive.

Mrs Noakes voiced concern over criticism of the SES and said she hoped it didn’t deter volunteers from the good work they had done.

“We all know that the roads close,” she said.

“They are all volunteers… if they don’t do that who is going to save all the people who find themselves in a situation they need help in?” she said.

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