Grafton City SES volunteers Jim Reid and Brett Austin help load supplies to a boat bound for Wooli.
Grafton City SES volunteers Jim Reid and Brett Austin help load supplies to a boat bound for Wooli. Daily Examiner

Have you ever thought about joining the NSW SES?

EMERGENCY MATTERS

By Jenny Funari, community engagement coordinator, NSW State Emergency Service - Clarence Nambucca Region

it is great to be able to just get out and help when people need it.

WHEN you join the NSW SES you become part of a team of professional volunteers who share your commitment to helping your community. Friendships form through commitment and training together. But it's not all serious; many units hold regular social events such as camping, dinners and family get-togethers.

There are many roles the NSW SES volunteers can choose to do including; administration, planning, training, community engagement, response operations, communications, logistics, media and other support roles. Opportunities exist for people from diverse backgrounds and abilities.

NSW SES provides basic training when you join and further training in all specialised roles. There are also opportunities to travel across the state helping out people and supporting SES members in other communities that are heavily impacted by severe weather events.

NSW SES Member Graeme Purnell has recently joined the Grafton Unit and thinks it is one of the best things he has ever done.

"I have really enjoyed the training and it is great to be able to just get out and help when people need it." Graeme said. "I have trained in Communications and Floodboat Operations already and will be taking on Storm and Water Damage Operations and Flood Rescue next year.

"Also I have been doing some Community Engagement training and community activities. The different things we do are always interesting and challenging. I can recommend joining up to anyone interested in volunteering to help their community - a really great bunch of people."

NSW SES welcomes new members from all areas and values the different skills, experiences and perspectives that a diverse range of members brings. SES is committed to enhancing diversity and maintaining an inclusive and respectful culture.

NSW SES has units across the Clarence Valley at Brushgrove, Copmanhurst, Grafton, Lawrence, Maclean, Coutts crossing (Nymboida), Ulmarra, Wooli and Yamba.

For information on volunteering, phone 1800 201 000.



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