SMALL SES UNIT HARD­EST HIT

SES UNIT WANTS MORE VOL­UN­TEERS AF­TER AT­TEND­ING 540 JOBS THIS YEAR

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

STATE Emer­gency Ser­vice vol­un­teers from the Black­town lo­cal govern­ment area have been the busiest in NSW this year, at­tend­ing to al­most 1100 jobs in Jan­uary.

Across the state more than 10,000 jobs were recorded by the SES, with Black­town LGA ac­count­ing for al­most 10 per cent of th­ese.

The Mt Druitt unit bore the brunt of the work, at­tend­ing more than 540 jobs this year alone.

SES com­mu­nity en­gage­ment co-or­di­na­tor Katie Moul­ton said 2016 had al­ready been a chal­leng­ing year for vol­un­teers.

“It has cer­tainly been a mas­sive start to the year and Mt Druitt def­i­nitely de­serves a break – they were one of the hard­est-hit ar­eas this year,” Mrs Moul­ton said.

De­spite be­ing one of the state’s busiest ar­eas, the Mt Druitt unit only has about 50 vol­un­teers, with nearby Blue Moun­tains and Baulkham Hills units clock­ing up more than 100 mem­bers each.

Mrs Moul­ton said be­com­ing a vol­un­teer was an easy process, and there was a “job for ev­ery­one”, from ad­min­is­tra­tion work to be­ing on the dive res­cue team.

Mt Druitt lo­cal con­troller Peter Lalor said any­one could be­come a mem­ber of the SES.

“The Mt Druitt unit’s mem­bers are quite di­verse, our youngest mem­ber has re­cently turned 18 and our old­est mem­ber is 85,” Mr Lalor said.

“We do not care about any­thing other than a per­son’s pre­pared­ness to learn, as well as will­ing­ness and abil­ity to re­spond to com­mu­nity needs.”

Pic­ture: PHIL ROGERS

Mt Druitt SES lo­cal con­troller Peter Lalor (cen­tre) with some of his fel­low mem­bers, in­clud­ing Amelia Walsh and her daugh­ter Is­abella.

Dam­age to a home in Mt Druitt af­ter the most re­cent storm.

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