SES Eyre district officer learns about EP

TRAINING: SES Eyre district officer Paxton Barr on the Port Lincoln jetty as volunteers undertake land-based swift water rescue skills maintenance training.
TRAINING: SES Eyre district officer Paxton Barr on the Port Lincoln jetty as volunteers undertake land-based swift water rescue skills maintenance training.

The new State Emergency Service Eyre district officer is looking forward to working with units across Eyre Peninsula and learning more about his new surroundings.

Paxton Barr was appointed for the role about three months ago and made the move to Port Lincoln last month.

Mr Barr has been involved in the SES for nearly nine years, before making the move to Port Lincoln he was involved with the Noarlunga SES unit and had served as deputy rescue operations officer.

In his role Mr Barr will work with SES units across Eyre Peninsula and the Far West Coast.

"The Eyre Peninsula to me is a new area, I haven't been over here too much so it will be a great challenge," he said.

"Overall there's been positive acceptance of me coming over.

"I'm looking forward to getting to know a different part of South Australia...and getting to understand what the Eyre Peninsula as a whole, from Ceduna to Kimba has to offer and hopefully provide positive changes throughout."

Mr Barr said marine operations were new to him, but he had done his fair share of core duties including land rescue operations and search and rescue.

He said he was already being exposed to new elements of the SES compared to his time working in a metro environment, but was committed to work with volunteers and help them improve further.

"The frequency and variance of jobs out here is different to Adelaide," he said.

"It's a two-way street, I will provide for volunteers as much as I can so they can strive and get better."

Mr Barr takes on the position previously held by Craig Brassington.