Lismore SES volunteers (from left) Stuart Ferguson, Raymond de la Porte, Anna Pagotto and Sue Ferguson with the tools of their trade.
Lismore SES volunteers (from left) Stuart Ferguson, Raymond de la Porte, Anna Pagotto and Sue Ferguson with the tools of their trade. THe Northern Star/David Nielsen

SES puts out orange alert for new volunteers

WEAR orange to work today and you will be making more than a statement about fashion.

The State Emergency Service is urging people to wear the bright colour as a sign of support for the volunteer organisation during National SES Week. After all, you may require help one day.

Teamwork and mateship are just two of the many values espoused by the rescue organisation.

Woodburn SES controller Jim McCormack has been involved in the organisation for the past 26 years, following on as a local controller from his father, Bill. The family affair extends further with Jim's brother Bruce, Jim's wife Jenny, son Josh and daughter Jess all involved as volunteers in the organisation.

The Roots family, also from Woodburn, has volunteer husband and wife team David and Karen, with sons Brody and Adrian, along with Adrian's wife Amy.

While the service is certainly a family thing for these people, it is also a family-like atmosphere for the many diverse volunteers, who come from all walks of life.

Byron controller Noel McAviney has been involved in the SES for the past 23 years and has relished every moment.

“It's kept me interested,” he said. “And I get to give something back to the community. It has been very satisfying.”

The SES is always looking for new volunteers, with recruitment getting harder in these busy, modern times. But if you'd like to have a go phone the volunteer line on 1800 201 000.



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