State Emergency Service has local control
JOHN Cottam has been formally appointed as Childers SES local controller.
Mr Cottam stepped into the role as local controller when he made the switch from the Rural Fire Service to the State Emergency Service in 2007.
Earlier this year, the position was advertised and Mr Cottam took the opportunity to again apply for the position as local controller.
Mr Cottam said the position was re-advertised every three years and the standing controller could apply.
“I am thrilled to have the support and encouragement from the unit members and especially the deputy controller, Aaron Fraser,” he said.
“Our team currently has 35 active members and we are always looking for more volunteers to sign up.”
The SES has supported locals for 40 years and Mr Cottam and his team of dedicated volunteers intend to uphold the standards of the organisation.
“I believe it’s our duty as volunteers to maintain a high standard of service for the community,” he said.
“Training is a must, and I ensure my members are suitably trained for activations and assistance.”
Mr Cottam is excited to continue leading his team after nine years.
“It takes a certain type of person to lead a group, I believe I can continue to grow, learn and support others in the SES.
“Volunteers are the life blood of the SES.”
Mr Cottam has worked with many units around the region and will continue to support and help other local controllers.
SES training courses are nationally recognised and Mr Cottam says he maintains a high standard when delivering core training.
Every year the SES spends countless hours supporting community events and the council has been a tremendous supporter.
“I want what is best for the team and safety will always be my top priority,” he said.
AT THE HELM: Local controller John Cottam.