IF you’ve ever considered joining the state’s most widely used volunteer emergency service, mark next Wednesday in the diary.
Locals interested in joining the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) are invited to recruitment information sessions from 7.30pm to 8.30pm next Wednesday night.
Sessions will be held at SES headquarters across the Mid-North Coast including Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Camden Haven.
The aim is to provide people with an overview of what is involved in being a volunteer.
The night will include a tour of the unit’s facilities, a short presentation and question and answer session and brief video on the role of the NSW SES as the combat agency for floods, storms and tsunami.
Potential members will also have the chance to observe some of the unit’s regular training activities.
NSW SES region controller Stephen Hart said the organisation hopes to “increase people’s awareness of the benefits of joining the SES”.
He said benefits included “accessing high-quality, accredited training that is readily transferrable to workplace situations, the sense of camaraderie and friendship between SES members and the satisfaction of helping the local community in times of severe weather and other emergencies”.
Volunteer opportunities exist for people of all ages and backgrounds.
“Our existing members come from a wide range of age groups and different walks of life,” Mr Hart said. “We have a job for just about everyone at the SES, ranging from field work, administration, communications, community education, marketing, media, logistics, research and planning.
“Volunteering for the SES also provides an excellent opportunity for young people thinking about a career in emergency services, as SES volunteers often work closely with other agencies such as the Police, Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance Service.”
Mr Hart said 2014 was another busy year for SES crews on the Mid North Coast, with members assisting police in land searches, responding to major storms events, road crashes and flood rescues.
In total, SES volunteers contributed more than 46,000 hours of volunteer time through regular training, community education and in responding to emergency requests for assistance.
People wishing to attend the recruitment information sessions are encouraged to phone 6592 5800 or email [email protected]
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