New deputy for Childers SES
Local to focus on training, funding support for unit
LOCALS pride themselves on providing for their family and contributing to their communities by supporting volunteer organisations and helping others in need.
For one resident, Alex Smith a young father, husband and business owner, he has put his hand up to support his local SES unit.
Mr Smith has taken up the position of deputy local controller for the Childers unit.
Mr Smith said he would like to thank Aaron Frazer the previous deputy local controller for all his work that he has done in the past 4-years and on behalf of the unit, we thank him.
“Aaron is a great leader and as a unit we have learnt a lot from his experience,”
“I want to continue on from Aaron and focus on training, getting more members trained in high risk activity’s such as height safety, flood boat and storm damage.
Finding money are challenges all volunteer organisation dread and Mr Smith plans to focus on applying for Grants and getting the Facilities in the Childers Shed upgraded.
Mr Smith said volunteers are the life blood of the organisation.
“I am inviting residents to become a member of the Childers unit, we are a small unit and encourage and support each other,”
“We are at the start of storm season and we have already witnessed savage weather,” he said.
Mr Smith has the full support of his young family, wife and two young children under 5 years, his wife Lucinda is by his side as a volunteer of the SES.
Raising a family and running a business has left him with barely enough time to shave but has made the time for his community.
“I want to teach my children to support each other and the community, I believe being with the SES will show them team work and communication,”
“I am hoping my kids will want to be part of the PCYC cadets when they are old enough to join,”
Mr Smith comes from a line of volunteers with his parents and extended family all part of the SES.
Proud mum of Alex, Elise Cottam has been involved with the SES for decades and has raised a young man with strong family values and strong moral standings.
Prepared to always help a mate Mr Smith is proud of his new position with the Childers SES unit and he hopes to serve his community well.
Now that storm season is upon us, Mr Smith said he hopes everyone is prepared.
“Many of us don’t think it would ever happen to us, but in reality, it does,”
“I encourage everyone to visit the SES website and print of the easy to follow fact sheets,”
Mr Smith said having an emergency kit well stocked is important this time of the year.
“We all must be prepared to be stuck without services of up to three days and in some flood prone areas could be longer,”
“We need the community to help us by helping themselves by being prepared and having a plan when needed.” he said.
Many of us don’t think it would ever happen to us, but in reality, it does. — Alex Smith
NEW DEPUTY: Childers SES unit deputy controller Alex Smith.