More volunteers sought for SES

THE State Emergency Service is seeking volunteers to fill roles at the regional operations centre in Goonellabah.

Deputy region controller of Richmond Tweed Region SES, Darren Winkler, said during the May floods the centre needed 30 volunteers to remain operational.

“At that time we were using volunteers from the Sydney area,” he said.

“It would be a definite advantage to have volunteers from the Urbenville to Evans Head to Tweed Heads area. Usually the local unit will attend the emergency but, if necessary, we will co-ordinate out-of-area volunteers as we did in May.

“For example, when the storm hit Casino last December, the Casino unit assessed the situation and called for assistance. We sent an SMS around the Northern Rivers region, seeking volunteers to help on the ground.”

Mr Winkler said it would be ideal if volunteers had computer knowledge but, if they didn't, they could be trained.

“Currently our volunteers' ages range from around 25 to 70,” he said.

“I know there are some Generation Y (1980-1994) people out there with a lot of computer savvy and a readiness to give something back to their community.

“If some of them considered applying to volunteer their skills, knowledge, and time, it could make a huge difference.

“However, applicants are not limited to Gen Y. We simply need more volunteers.”

Mr Winkler said national-accredited training was available to volunteers.

“This is a family-friendly centre, with personnel volunteering a minimum two hours a fortnight, but that can vary, depending on circumstances,” he said.

For more information on becoming a volunteer with the SES, contact Mr Winkler on 6625 7700.

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