Volunteers strengthening our emergency services
Our emergency services are there ready to help, often during the worst moments of our lives and volunteers are quite likely to be found right in the midst of it all.
Working alongside their paid counterparts, volunteers lending a hand in emergency situations are an integral part of our dedicated emergency services.
Countless hours of training and preparation are undertaken and ongoing, and call-outs at all hours of the day and night are just part of the job – this of course requires not only the commitment of the volunteers themselves but also the support of their families, friends, employers and work colleagues.
Emergency service volunteers are dedicated to and passionate about helping people who often desperately need their skills, compassion and willingness to get involved.
While at times the work of the emergency services can be unpleasant and confronting, the reward comes from being able to help someone at a time when they need it the most, often having a hand in saving lives, and potentially changing a situation that could have ended in tragedy into one that has a positive outcome.
If you feel you would like to contribute to these vital services, there are many opportunities to become involved in numerous branches of emergency response work. The fire and ambulance services are always looking for suitable new recruits and there are also other groups such as Civil Defence and Search and Rescue who require volunteers for both groundwork and supporting/co-ordination roles.