SES calling for new recruits in 2017

Date published: 7 February 2017

An information night next week hopes to boost the ranks of Townsville’s State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

The session will be held at 7pm Wednesday, February 15 at the Reid Park complex to outline the role of volunteers.

Townsville Local Disaster Management Group deputy chair, Cr Kurt Rehbein, encouraged residents to get involved.

“The SES provides a very valuable service to the city in times of disaster,” Cr Rehbein said.

“During cyclones, flooding or fires, SES volunteers are often some of the first people on the ground and they help to get the city back on its feet in the aftermath.

“Becoming an SES volunteer is an opportunity to learn lots of new valuable skills while contributing to the community, so I encourage residents to put up their hands and join this very important service.”

SES Acting Area Controller for the Northern Region, John Forde said volunteering was a rewarding experience.

“Volunteers come from all walks of life and bring many different skills, interests and backgrounds. They are ordinary people, doing extraordinary things, who are united by the purpose of supporting their communities in times of need,” Mr Forde said.

“If you want to meet new people and forge new friendships, gain valuable skills and training that are nationally recognised and make a difference to lives of others then the SES is looking for you. Come and meet our volunteers and find out more about who we are and what we do.”

People aged between 16 and 65 can apply and if successful will be trained in a range of skills and receive professional training including skills for rescue, disaster operations management, search techniques, leadership and team building.