Section: Simon Corbell, MLA | Media Releases
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Simon Corbell today encouraged Canberrans to consider joining the ACT State Emergency Service.
"The ACTSES is seeking another six volunteers for its Pialligo Unit based at Fairbairn," Mr Corbell said.
"We have seen a great demand for our SES volunteers this summer, and they provide a crucial service to the community in times of need," Mr Corbell said.
"The Pialligo unit is responsible for providing support to the Incident Management Team during emergency operations and for establishing and maintaining radio communications with teams in the field."
There are a number of other functions that members from this Unit may also become involved with including admin support, catering, driving duties, staging area management and support to other agencies.
The ACT State Emergency Service is a volunteer based organisation within the ACT Emergency Services Agency with legislative responsibility for emergency preparedness and response to storm and floods in the ACT.
"The ACTSES current has 228 volunteer members and has responded to more than 2600 calls for help from the public this financial year," Mr Corbell said.
"The ACTSES has also sent a number of taskforce deployments to Queensland to assist in the aftermath of the recent flood disaster and Cyclone Yasi.
"Volunteering with the ACTSES can be a very rewarding experience with a chance to share and learn new skills, make new friends and help the Canberra community in times of need.
"Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer with the ACTSES Pialligo Unit can find out more by going to the ACTSES website http://www.ses.act.gov.au/
Expressions of interest for the six positions at the ACTSES Pialligo Unit close on 16 February 2011.
An Induction training program for new members is scheduled for 5th March 2011.
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