Paddy Platypus and Prime Possum
Paddy's best friend is Prime Possum - together they have all sorts of adventures!
On a trip to the snow a few years ago Paddy met PRIME Possum. Like Paddy, PRIME Possum wants kids to be safe and he and Paddy immediately became good friends.
PRIME Possum invited Paddy to appear on his TV Show - The Saturday Club, that airs on Saturday mornings on the PRIME TV network. Paddy of course accepted, and has now appeared many times on the show with an SES volunteer or staff member to help him with stories on what the SES does and what kids can do to stay safe in dangerous situations.
The first show looked at safety in the snow, with Paddy taking PRIME Possum on an SES skidoo. The SES uses these to help rescue people who are lost or injured in the snow. Paddy was helped by volunteers from the Tumut and Snowy River SES units.
The next show looked at some of the equipment the SES use when they help people who have experienced damage to their house, need help in a flood, or are trapped in their car after an accident. The highlight was having Possum's friend Mel use a flying fox to whizz down from the roof of the PRIME TV studio in Canberra. The SES use flying foxes to transport people across flooded streams or gorges. Paddy was helped out by his good SES volunteer friends from the Queanbeyan SES unit.
Paddy has also taken Possum to see the SES do vertical rescue, attend to roof damage caused by a storm and out for a drive in a four wheel drive.
Paddy and Possum sure do have fun helping kids to stay safe!