The South Australian State Emergency Service (SES) is immensely proud of its Mounted Team. This Unit has been running since the late 1990's and currently comprises 8 members. There are various horse breeds used in this team, including Percheron x, Appaloosa, standardbreds and thoroughbred just to name a few.
The primary role of the Unit is to support various other agencies in land search and reconnaissance style searches. The SES Mounted Team has worked with South Australian Mounted Police, rural South Australian Police and National Park Rangers. Activities of the Mounted Team have included travelling to the Far North (Rawnsley Park) to assist in the search of a lost youth.
The Mounted Team is located within the Kapunda SES Unit. Regular SES training is undertaken on Thursday nights at 7.30pm. Mounted training varies from half day to full day exercises. Logistics staff, resourced from the Kapunda S.E.S. Unit complements the mounted team. When the horse team goes out, the whole Unit packs up and comes along to help out.
The Mounted Team also has a public relations role and has been utilised at the Barmera Field Day, Strathalbyn SES Open day, SA Emergency Service Games, and SES Week Parades.
To join this Unit, you need to have a horse of good health and mild temperament, preferably aged 5 years or older. Persons wishing to join must be competent riders. There is a yearly assessment for both riders and horses.