Keith SES need volunteers

VOLUNTEERS: Steven Vermeeren, Russell Davis and Brendon Jones manning a traffic stop as a result of an accident which is one of the tasks of the SES.

VOLUNTEERS: Steven Vermeeren, Russell Davis and Brendon Jones manning a traffic stop as a result of an accident which is one of the tasks of the SES.

As Volunteers Week comes to an end, the Keith SES Unit are always recruiting and are in need of help in order to service the community.

Being an SES volunteer can benefit anyone as they learn new skills, gain qualifications, connect with the community, keep fit and have fun.

Current volunteer Steve Vermeeren said: “Volunteering for SES in a small town on a major highway is a great way to meet people and learn new skills.

“These skills might one day rescue someone from a precarious situation or even save a life that life you save could be family, friends or a fellow traveller.

“With volunteering comes a sense of achievement and satisfaction from helping your local community and the new skills learnt will stay with you for the rest of your life.

“The Keith SES group is looking for new members to add to a dynamic group so if you’re keen to learn new skills and become involved with the community please enquire as we meet Wednesday nights at the SE shed on Wynarling Road.”

The South Australian State Emergency Service (SES) is an emergency management organisation made up almost entirely of volunteers.

The team are dedicated to helping those who are in need and building community resilience.

The skills a volunteer will learn will not only make them a valuable team member within the SES, but can help in professional and personal life.

Teamwork, leadership and perseverance are all attributes SES volunteers take with them to roles outside of the service. 

SES volunteers work with Police, Metropolitan Fire Service, Country Fire Service, SA Ambulance and National Parks personnel.

New recruits will be equipped with nationally recognised and accredited training and transferable skills which can potentially be channeled towards future employment.

The SES provides emergency assistance to thousands of South Australians every year, with emergency response provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This would be simply unachievable without the support of more than 1,600 volunteers across the state, with more required especially in Keith.

When it comes to storm and flood response, no other emergency service has better equipment, training and expertise.

When you join the SES you will learn a wide variety of skills which will equip you to get involved in; flood and storm response, land search and rescue, road crash rescue and vertical and confined space rescue.

Support roles include; administration and business support, training, recruitment and cadet coordinators, community engagement, communications, driving and navigation

To be part of the team call the Volunteer Recruitment Hotline 1300 364 587.

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