SES calls for new volunteers
  • Friday 19 August 2016
SES member using chainsaw to help with storm clean up

State Emergency Service (SES) units from across the Sunshine Coast are searching for volunteers with a passion for helping others in times of need.

Council’s Coordinator Disaster Management John Gallina said the SES played a vital role in preparing for and responding to the region’s severe weather events.

“The SES works with council and other organisations as part of the Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group and their extensive work wouldn’t be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers,” Mr Gallina said. 

SES Sunshine Coast Local Controller Janet Scott said units from the Glasshouse Mountains, Caloundra and Coolum would stage a series of information nights this month with the aim of adding new members to their ranks.

All events are due to begin at 6.30pm, with Coolum SES staging their information night on August 22, followed by Caloundra SES on August 24 and Glasshouse Mountains SES on August 25.

“I encourage anyone with an interest in becoming a part of the SES to attend one of the information nights being held this month,” Ms Scott said.

“We have a strong membership base on the Sunshine Coast, but we are always looking for new recruits who wish to challenge themselves and make a real difference to the lives of others. 

“Being a part of the SES is highly rewarding, from making lifelong friends to being there for vulnerable members of the community and learning new skills including flood boat operation, heights training and correct use of chain saws.”

Ms Scott said it was important the Glasshouse Mountains, Caloundra and Coolum units added new members before the start of storm season, which is traditionally one of the busiest periods for the SES. 

“When a storm hits, SES volunteers are often first on scene to plug leaking roofs, remove debris blocking roads and support people during and after a weather event,” she said. 

“Adding new members will greatly enhance our storm response capability and build upon the tremendous work these three SES groups already do in their areas.

“There are no joining fees and volunteers receive protective clothing and relevant equipment based on their role within an SES group.” 

For more information and to become a member of your local SES group contact North Coast SES on 5453 5377. 

Information nights with sausage sizzle

Coolum SES 
When: 6.30pm, Monday, August 22
Where: Corner of Elizabeth Street and Sunrise Avenue, Coolum Beach

Caloundra SES
When: 6.30pm, Wednesday, August 24
Where: Ulm Street South, Caloundra

Glasshouse SES
When: 6.30pm, Thursday, August 25
Where: Beerwah Parade, Beerwah