What “on-call” can be like for a dieso
Being a dieso looks very easy from the outside due to the relative calm we have at all times. The truth, however, is that it can be quite challenging at times.
Take the early morning of 31st August for example. Cam (the duty dieso) sleeps soundly in his room when he is awoken by the horrid beeping of a pager displaying the dreaded MSB alarm. The time is 3:30am and he is not impressed!
He checks his phone to find the blizz has cranked up to an impressive 93 knots and knows this trip to the power house is not going to be fun. Jeb (the duty sparkie) has also received the page and the two tradies gear up to get their butts kicked by the wind after waking the station leader to let him know they are going outside. After a slight hiccup, they drag each other the 75m to the power house door using the blizz lines to guide through the zero visibility.
Sorting the issue in the powerhouse is easy as always for a dieso and they are soon faced with the return journey. This time it’ll be a head wind! On all fours, hauling themselves along the rope with ice blasting them from the front they reach the safety of the Red Shed cold porch door. Shaking the snow of like a wet puppy, they get out of their goose down jackets and return to bed.
We are always ready to answer the call of the powerhouse, no matter what the weather gods may be throwing at us.