Vol­un­teers strength­en­ing our emer­gency ser­vices

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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.

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