New deputy for Childers SES

Lo­cal to fo­cus on train­ing, fund­ing sup­port for unit

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

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

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

NEW DEPUTY: Childers SES unit deputy con­troller Alex Smith.

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