Expo and fun day high­light role of emer­gency ser­vices

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

THE Man­jimup Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre is work­ing with emer­gency ser­vices to boost vol­un­teer num­bers.

As part of Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week, the cen­tre hosted an expo on Fri­day and a Family Fun Day on Satur­day to high­light the es­sen­tial work vol­un­teers do.

Cen­tre vol­un­teer de­vel­op­ment co­or­di­na­tor Rae Starr said the expo and fun day pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties for the com­mu­nity to speak with ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tives and find out more about what they do.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from six or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the Red Cross, State Emer­gency Ser­vice, St John Am­bu­lance, Man­jimup Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue and Man­jimup Vol­un­teer Bush Fire Bri­gade at­tended over the two days.

Ms Starr said the cen­tre was happy to be a point of con­tact and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to peo­ple who were in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing but didn’t know what job or ser­vice they would like to help with.

“I’ll be at­tend­ing the State Vol­un­teer Con­fer­ence to gain some in­sight and tips on how to re­cruit more vol­un­teers,” she said.

War­ren-Black­wood com­mu­nity para­medic Gary Will­cox said ev­ery re­gional town re­lied on vol­un­teers and there were a range of roles avail­able, in­clud­ing be­hind the scenes du­ties.

Mr Will­cox said vol­un­teers were pro­vided with train­ing on­go­ing sup­port and learnt many trans­fer­able skills such as com­mu­ni­ca­tion, pri­ori­ti­sa­tion and work­ing as a team.

Those in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing with a ser­vice can visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au or con­tact the Man­jimup Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre.

Pic­ture: Ce­cilia Allen

Man­jimup Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice mem­ber Thomas Kingston, cap­tain Sharon Arm­strong, Lee Virgo, 7, Ethan Virgo, 5, Keira Vick­ery, 8, Man­jimup SES vol­un­teer Graham Pearce, and Donna Mosconi from DFES, at­tend the Man­jimup Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre’s Family Fun Day to high­light the vi­tal and life-sav­ing work vol­un­teers from emer­gency ser­vices do.

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