SES opens its doors
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.