SES opens its doors

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ev­ery­one to see what it is we do in times of emer­gency,” Mrs Cash­man said.

“On dis­play we had one of the flood boats, the equip­ment for heights and traf­fic con­trol.”

Com­ing up to storm season, the SES is en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal res­i­dents to be pre­pared.

Mrs Cash­man said there were games and ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren and in­for­ma­tion packs for adults about storm season pre­pared­ness.

“We also have in­for­ma­tion on be­com­ing a mem­ber. As storm season ap­proaches we need more hands to help,” she said.

The SES holds reg­u­lar train­ing ses­sions that are na­tion­ally recog­nised cer­tifi­cates and all mem­bers re­quire pro­fes­sional train­ing be­fore work­ing in the field.

“It will al­ways be safety first and the SES pride them­selves on train­ing and reg­u­lar up­dates with re­fresher cour­ses, so we all re­main com­pe­tent in our du­ties,” she said.

“The open day was an op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to show their sup­port and to sign up.

“Vol­un­teers are al­ways needed.”

There is still plenty of work need­ing to be car­ried out on the premises but the unit mem­bers are hope­ful the work will be com­pleted soon.

The unit has two four-wheel drive ve­hi­cles and two spe­cial-pur­pose flood boats with dif­fer­ent ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

SES unit mem­bers avoided ‘dis­as­ter’ at the open day when the bar­be­cue ran out of sausages, with the vol­un­teers mak­ing a quick dash to the shops to pre­vent chaos.

“The snag emer­gency was our only con­cern on the day and it seems all the kids had a great time with the games and chal­lenges,” Mrs Cash­man said.

The SES of­fers a cadet pro­gram for young­sters less than 16 years old that puts them in good step to be­com­ing an SES mem­ber.

The Gin Gin unit meets every se­cond Wed­nes­day from 6pm at its head­quar­ters on El­liot St, be­hind the hos­pi­tal.

Lo­cal con­troller Kel­lie Bol­stad is more than happy to an­swer any ques­tions or con­cerns you might have re­gard­ing be­com­ing a mem­ber.

Upon sign­ing up, you will be­come part of an in­sti­tu­tion that has sup­ported Queens­lan­ders for more than 40 years.

Across the state, SES units are cel­e­brat­ing and ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic to be pre­pared for storm season.

The SES re­minds res­i­dents that in times of emer­gency, al­ways dial 000.

Dur­ing a storm or flood, re­port your emer­gency by phon­ing 132 500.

The SES is there to as­sist dur­ing storms and floods.

CHECK IT OUT: The ded­i­cated team of SES vol­un­teers hosted an open day in the lead-up to storm season.

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