National spotlight shines on SES volunteers

Today marks the start of national State Emergency Service (SES) Week 15-23 October 2016, and there are many reasons to say thank you to our valuable volunteers across Australia.

 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll said there were more than 6,000 active SES volunteers across Queensland who dedicated thousands of hours to their communities.

 

“Last financial year alone, SES volunteers from around the state contributed over 500,000 hours of their time to help Queenslanders,” Ms Carroll said. 

 

“Our dedicated SES volunteers provide much-appreciated assistance to communities across the state every time they are called upon.

 

“They help communities during and after severe weather events, they search for the missing, rescue the stranded, and also support other agencies with road crash rescues and traffic management.

 

“This week we wholeheartedly thank our volunteers for their selfless contribution to communities, and we’re urging everyone in Queensland to do the same.”

 

QFES Deputy Commissioner for Emergency Services Volunteers Mike Wassing said SES volunteers would be recognised officially during award ceremonies across the state.

 

“As a symbol of appreciation, outstanding SES volunteers will be presented with an award during one state ceremony, and several regional ceremonies,” Mr Wassing said.

 

“The volunteers recognised during these ceremonies have demonstrated extraordinary dedication and service to their communities and deserve our congratulations."

 

Every single SES volunteers freely gives their time and plays an integral role in their state and territory as was seen recently in the catastrophic storms and floods across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. We are grateful to have such amazing individuals bolstering the SES in every state and territory.

 

SES around Australia:

In life threatening emergencies call 000 (triple zero).

 

For assistance with storm or flood damage emergencies call 132 500.

 

15 October 2016.