Calling for volunteer SES members

April 6, 2015

In the wake of recent destructive storms that have passed through Bingara we are reminded just how much we rely on the State Emergency Service. Now it is your turn to show your support and consider becoming a volunteer SES member.

This coming Tuesday, April 7, the SES are holding a recruitment day in the Bingara IGA and Hardware carpark with a gold coin donation sausage sizzle running from 8.30am.

Local Controller of the Gwydir Shire SES, Peter O’Brien is keen to recruit some fresh young volunteers emphasising that there is a role to suit everyone.

“The SES is the hub of the emergency services in a local community,” Peter told the Advocate.

“We provide support to the Police service, Ambulance service and the fire brigade as well as many local community events including the Bingara Show, Christmas Carnival, School events and the list goes on.”

“Joining the SES is very rewarding with National Accredited training and there are many different roles ranging from the office to out in the field, something to suit everyone.”

According to the NSW SES website, there are many roles that an SES volunteer can participate in, regardless of age, gender or ability. You need to be 16 years and over to join the NSW SES, and be keen to train in rescue, operation, training and/or community education/media.

Most of the activity happens when areas are affected by floods, storms and other emergencies but there are other roles that a NSW SES volunteer can do when not operational.

There is a commitment to training and updating skills as well as practicing those already gained, but the friendships that are forged through fellow volunteers can make this easy.

You also receive nationally accredited competencies as the NSW SES is a Registered Training Organisation.

Secretary of the Bingara Show, Robyn Phillips also recognises the important role the SES play, reiterating that without the SES the Show Society and Care for Kids fundraising campdraft may no longer be economical.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the local SES phone Peter O’Brien on 0419 612 561.