Safety must be your pri­or­ity

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News - By KEL­LIE BOL­STAD, ACT­ING LO­CAL CON­TROLLER GIN GIN SES.

THE State Emer­gency Ser­vice is a na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion of vol­un­teers.

It is or­di­nary peo­ple do­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary things.

Its vol­un­teers are un­paid and come from a va­ri­ety of back­grounds and pro­fes­sions. They re­spond to emer­gen­cies and dis­as­ters 24/7.

The SES vol­un­teers are trained and equipped to help the most vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

The SES is de­signed to em­power peo­ple to help them­selves and to sup­port and as­sist oth­ers in the com­mu­nity.

Queens­land SES re­ceives world-class train­ing, pro­vid­ing real life skills and knowl­edge.

Life-long friend­ships are made in the SES. Mem­bers train and re­spond to emer­gen­cies to­gether, and these ex­pe­ri­ences lay the foun­da­tion to friend­ships.

The Queens­land SES has a role for peo­ple with a broad range of tal­ents and ex­per­tise. A level of phys­i­cal fit­ness is re­quired for cer­tain tasks.

Roles in ad­min­is­tra­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, stores and kitchen hands do not re­quire lev­els of fit­ness to as­sist or take part in tasks.

Safety must be your pri­or­ity.

SEM0010 Safety: This course pro­vides mem­bers with knowl­edge and skills re­quired to un­der­stand what is needed to work safely.

Vol­un­teers are ex­posed to many haz­ards, and know­ing what to do must be your pri­or­ity as an SES mem­ber. Tak­ing un­nec­es­sary risks will not only put your­self at risk, but also other team mem­bers.

Each task the SES per­forms has its own op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures. The train­ing must be fol­lowed – fail­ing to cor­rectly fol­low in­struc­tions can lead to ac­ci­dents oc­cur­ring.

The SES ad­vises you shouldn’t do any re­pairs to elec­tri­cal, plumb­ing, gas or so­lar pan­els. Seek the ex­pert help of a pro­fes­sional. Home re­pairs and poor-qual­ity trades can cause ac­ci­dents. Make safety your pri­or­ity at home.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion: emer­gency.qld.gov.au.

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