Mateship and smiles at Tabulam SES
THERE was a lot of joking about having to put up with each other for so long when long service awards were handed out by Kyogle mayor Danielle Mulholland at the Tabulam SES.
For the O'Malleys, volunteering for the Tabulam unit is definitely a family affair.
Heather O'Malley has been in the unit for 20 years with husband Neville O'Malley, the unit controller.
Her daughter, son, son-in-law and grandson are in the Tabulam unit too.
All up, the O'Malleys make up almost a quarter of the 25-strong unit.
"I enjoy helping the community," Ms O'Malley said. "And we have a close mateship here." That mateship is needed when the unit is called out on tough jobs. "The worst time was a child in a car accident," Ms O'Malley said.
The unit also does road rescue.
"We do searches for people who have gone missing, we help Casino and Lismore when there is storm damage," she said.
"Everyone has us on speed dial."
Mr O'Malley said they were on call 24/7.
The Tabulam unit is looking for more volunteers. Call Neville on 66661319.
Neville O'Malley: 20 years
Heather O'Malley: 20 years
Rick Jansen: 15 years
Mavis Goodlad: 10 years
Amanda O'Malley: 10 years
Jenna Finnigan: 10 years
Scott Bartlett: 5 years