SMALL SES UNIT HARDEST HIT
SES UNIT WANTS MORE VOLUNTEERS AFTER ATTENDING 540 JOBS THIS YEAR
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.”
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.