State Emer­gency Ser­vice has lo­cal con­trol

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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.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON BIT220316SES

AT THE HELM: Lo­cal con­troller John Cot­tam.

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