Eden SES launches winter recruitment drive

RECRUITMENT DRIVE: The volunteer crew of the Eden SES are looking to entice more recruits to don the orange and give back to the community.
RECRUITMENT DRIVE: The volunteer crew of the Eden SES are looking to entice more recruits to don the orange and give back to the community.

The Eden crew of the State Emergency Services is continuing its hunt for new volunteers for the rescue team.

The Eden SES launched a winter recruitment drive and training program this week, including a video package doing the rounds on social media.

Deputy commander at Eden SES Michael Cooksley said the all-volunteer team is hoping to boost its ranks through appealing to anyone keen for a challenge and to learn new, life-changing and life-saving, skills.

"When you join the NSW SES, you become part of a team who share your commitment to helping the Eden community in times of need," he said.

"There are many roles that you can choose to do regardless of your existing skills or experience. We will equip you with everything you need and provide you with nationally recognised training, so you are all set to lend a hand.

"You can commit to as much or as little time as suits your lifestyle with our flexible approach to volunteering."

These men and women who don the high-vis coveralls are there when the community needs them most, from traffic crashes to floods and storm damage, cliff rescues to chainsaw clean-ups.

Some of the recent activities undertaken by Eden SES volunteers included a search for a missing person in support of NSW Police over several days, responding to a Merimbula hail storm that resulted in 142 requests for assistance, sending a team to Mallacoota to assist Victorian SES in the search for a missing man, sending two members to Dubbo to assist at the Australian Road Rescue Organisations Competition for 2019, attendance at several local motor vehicle accidents and rescues across the Eden area, and extensive support to NSW RFS in the management of fires and supporting operations for Tathra and Yankee's Gap fires.

Even if field work is not your cup of tea, there are other "operational" roles vital to the running of the SES such as operating the radio, answering phones, tasking jobs with the SES computer system and accounts. The SES would love to hear from anyone with these skills as well.

The Eden SES crew has training every Thursday from 5.30pm. The invitation is open for anyone to head along to one of the training sessions and see what they get up to.

Alternatively, visit www.ses.nsw.gov.au/volunteer to find out more.